Vin Diesel has chosen the Dominican Republic as a location for his movie Hannibal, an epic about the 3rd century conqueror who led an army riding elephants across the Alps in an assault on Rome, says The Associated Press.

Diesel plans to direct and star in the title role of the film based on British author Ross Leckie's fictionalized memoir of the Carthaginian leader.

The crew of Hannibal will film in the Caribbean nation for a month, Juan Carlos Benzant, a producer with the Dominican company Trabucazo Films, said Tuesday.

Scenes will also be shot in Spain and California.