Forty Thieves Short List Includes Liam Hemsworth, Evan Peters
Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Evan Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Dan Stevens (A Walk Among the Tombstones) are all testing for the lead role in 20th Century Fox's Forty Thieves, which Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) has signed on to direct.
The project is described as a new take on the classic folk tale Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, which is being crafted as "an adventure movie with strong comedic undertones," according to The Wrap. The aforementioned actors are all testing for the male lead Allen, who may be a stand-in for Ali Baba.
It isn't known who is writing the screenplay at this time, or when shooting may begin, but Shawn Levy will also produce through his 21 Laps production company. The original Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves story is part of the 1001 Arabian Nights stories, which Warner Bros. is using to create a seven-movie series, based on a 90-page treatment from new writer David Weil. The 1,001 Arabian Nights stories are all in the public domain, but it isn't clear if Warner Bros. is planning on using the Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves story for their sprawling project.