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Emily Browning Joins Paul W.S. Anderson's 'Pompeii'

She also has a cameo role in The Host

Emily BrowningEmily Browning didn't see her career sky-rocket as some may have expected following a starring role in Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch followed by Sleeping Beauty. Of course, it didn't help both films were awful, but that's all part of the game and I'd argue neither film suffered as a result of Browning, there were plenty of other reasons for their failures.

Well, along with a "hush hush" cameo role in The Host, the upcoming adaptation of "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer's book, Browning has just landed a starring role opposite Kit Harrington ("Game of Thrones") in Paul W.S. Anderson action epic Pompeii.

The story is set in late summer 79 A.D., and revolves around the slave of a shipping tycoon (Harrington) who dreams of the day he can buy his freedom and marry his master's daughter (Browning). What the slave doesn't know is that she's already been promised to a corrupt Roman senator, while he's been sold to another owner.

Just when things can't get any worse, Mt. Vesuvius erupts with the power of 40 nuclear bombs. But the slave is trapped on a ship headed for Naples, separated from his love and best friend, a gladiator who is trapped in the city's coliseum. As fire and ash destroy the only world he's ever known, the slave is determined to get back and rescue them.

Of course, it might not seem a starring role in a Paul W.S. Anderson film is what Browning needs to turn her career around, after all, this is the director of the Resident Evil franchise, The Three Musketeers and Death Race. But, after the screenplay for Pompeii was written by Lee and Janet Scott Batchler (Batman Forever), "Downton Abbey" creator and Oscar-winning screenwriter of Gosford Park, Julian Fellowes gave the script a once over. So, there is a light at the end of the tunnel yet.

Pompeii will be released in 3-D in 2014 and is set to begin shooting in Toronto in April. [Toronto Star / UpandComers]

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  • TheBioscopist

    Someone needs to tell her that it wasn't Paul W. Anderson who directed Magnolia.

  • Hello Kitty

    It looks like the story has gone through several revisions since Roman Polanski was set to direct, a few years ago. I highly recommend reading the book by Robert Harris.

  • Stoney Lodge

    Rope of Silicon, can you hire some new writers who are not assholes and can actualy rate movies? Sucker Punch was awful? You serious?

    • TheBioscopist

      Yeah Rope of Silicone "Management" - Why don't you DO A GOOD RESEARCH next time Brad!! #GoodComments

    • Vince Smetana

      Casual ROS reader here. And, yes, Sucker Punch was awful. But, if you want to love on it, feel free.

      +1 to TheBioscopist's first comment.

    • SomersetMills

      Well done, you just told the creator of the site, who wrote THIS VERY ARTICLE to hire "some new writers". Also, you just called said creator an "asshole".

  • V

    Sucker Punch was too ambitious and ahead of its time. The movie getting sliced and diced for its theater print did not help matters any.

    • The Moth

      "Sucker Punch" was ahead of its time? Oooookay.

  • JayRam

    directors like Paul W.S. Anderson and Michael Bay should not make any movie involving history. We all saw what happened with Pearl Harbor.

  • you guys are funny- “it’s Awful & I’m right, No it’s good I’m right”

    movies are subjective.. No one person or critic is going to change the movie world, you know it, I know it. For some reason each person (very obviously) wants their opinion to be the right one or if you don't agree, then you can't possibly be taken seriously.. makes me laughhhhhhhhhh. This is why there's rotten tomatoes and why people pay more attention to that than any critic. Why? Wello, because those ratings are from payin audience attendees who are looking at a film the same way you are... can't say it enough - critics don't. Arrowinthehead (a great horror site) reviews the films from the would it be entertaining for you and your friends for a couple hrs. I do like this site here and there and read views here and there also. of course I read one the other day and couldn't post a comment (comment section was down?) but it was about Halle Berry's The Call- I think the writer said ya Like that could happen.. are you kldding me that's what i mean., You're not looking at losing yourself for fun and some of the shit that is liked (like what happens in those movies could happen-come on.) from this point on I believe Critics should write with each review "in my opinion" anyway - suckerpunch is what it is.. wasn't fantasitc but it was a visual feast and that's what i was wanting from that Zach Movie at that time.. I enjoy most films for what they are... I see so so so many films like many of us do.. but don't be that guy/girl who can only like indie films or can only watch this or that or have to be told what's good for you.. Like it, hate it someone's always going to agree/disagree just see it through YOUR eyes.