The offer to Jake Gyllenhaal to star in Prince of Persia was first reported back in April by Latino Review and it has now been confirmed that he has accepted and will star in the Jerry Bruckheimer produced video game adaptation.
Entertainment Weekly carries the story saying that Gyllenhaal will play Dastan, a young prince of 6th Century Persia, who pairs up with Tamina, a princess to be played by new Bond girl Gemma Arterton, to prevent a nobleman from acquiring the Sands of Time — a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.
Mike Newell, who helmed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, is directing and the film is scheduled to get underway in July. Of course this all depends on whether or not the actors go on strike and I have to assume if Gyllenhaal ever finishes filming the doomed production Nailed for David O. Russell.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is currently slated for a July 10, 2009 release.