Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) will star in William Tell: The Legend for newly-formed Flagship Films, says The Hollywood Reporter. Til Schweiger also will star in the project, to be directed by Nick Hurran from a script by Hurran and Scott Reynolds.
Arclight Films’ Gary Hamilton will serve as executive producer, with Arclight handling foreign sales.
Promising a fact-based retelling of the medieval legend, the film will recount how crossbow marksman William Tell challenged the Hapsburg monarch Hermann Gessler, played by Schweiger. Tell’s defiance ignited an uprising against the Austrian government which led to the formation of Switzerland.
Principal photography is slated to begin in September in Romania.