Tom Hughes and Milla Jovovich have been cast in a live-action Corto Maltese film, reports Variety. The film is being directed by Christopher Gans (Silent Hill, Brotherhood of the Wolf), with principal photography set to begin in January 2019.
"Corto Maltese has been a dream project for me since I was a boy reading comics," said Gans. "Now that I have the opportunity to bring this incredible story to the big screen, I can think of no better actor to play the adventurous Corto after meeting with Tom Hughes, whom I followed in the TV series Victoria, and who has emerged as one of Britain’s truly top actors."
In the script by William Schneider, Corto Maltese is hired to hijack Russian Emperor Czar Nicolas II's armored train transporting gold from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok.
Jovovich's role is unspecified. James Thierrée has been cast as Corto's sidekick, Rasputin.
Gans states that Michelle Yeoh is also in talks for a role in the film.
Cartoonist Hugo Pratt created Corto Maltese in the late 1960s, and is the story of an adventurous sailor in the arly 20th century. Pratt wrote and illustrated 12 Corto Maltese graphic novels, and the character has lived on with other creators.
According to Variety, the producers of Corto Maltese envision the film as "a potential mass-appeal franchise starter similar to the Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes, and Pirates of the Caribbean franchises."