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There’s always a chance of a sequel with a Jerry Bruckheimer production and in the case of this weekend’s opening film “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” consider Jake Gyllenhaal and femme co-star Gemma Arterton already signed up.

“I loved being a part of the movie. It is an incredible world, so if that were an opportunity, I would definitely take it,” Gyllenhaal tells the Press Association. Gemma, in her interview with MovieWeb, exclaims, “We made it two years ago and I feel refreshed. So if they wanted to do another one, which I’m sure as it is hinted at (towards the end of the film) that there are many different avenues that it can go down.”

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She's played a Bond girl and a nymph who beguiled the gods, but someone out there thinks British actress Gemma Arterton might not be sexy enough for her role as the renamed Farah in next month's Prince of Persia movie.

Now I suppose that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but as far as this beholder is concerned Gemma Arterton is perfect for the role of Princess Tamina, the character that evolved from the prince's companion Farah from the Prince of Persia video games. So the fact that anyone would take the time out of their day to write her a letter telling her otherwise boggles my mind. According to an interview in the May edition of Details magazine, someone did just that.

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Since its release, the video game franchise Prince of Persia has become notable for the acrobatic grace of its dagger-wielding, balloon pants-wearing hero as well as for what the games didn't do: affront gamers of Middle Eastern and Muslim descent with stereotypical depictions of people from the region as terrorists or religious zealots.

Independent filmmaker and blogger Jehanzeb Dar, to name one such player, remembers his favorable first reaction to the swashbuckling action game, which is set amid the sands and ancient cities of Persia (as ancient Iran is known) and follows a hero with a magic sword caught between forces of good and evil. "You could see clearly the protagonist had distinct Middle Eastern features and darker skin," said Dar, 26, who pens the blog Muslim Reverie from Langhorne, Pa. "People could develop some respect for that culture instead of seeing it vilified."

So when Disney studios announced plans for a live-action adaptation of Prince, Dar held out hope it would be a "serious story that would dispel a lot of stereotypes and misconceptions." Then came the bad news regarding "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" (the movie which arrives in theaters on Friday). None of its principle cast members are of Iranian, Middle Eastern or Muslim descent. And playing Dastan, the hero and titular heir to the Persian throne in the $200-million tent-pole film, is none other than Hancock Park's own Swedish-Jewish-American prince, Jake Gyllenhaal.

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So will it take Jerry Bruckheimer to finally make a video game-based movie that we can all really enjoy? The jury will have to stay out on that verdict until Memorial Day 2010. In the meantime, IGN has the first look at the long awaited trailer for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time which will star Jake Gyllenhaal in his full on Gyllenhallness.

As expected the Disney-made movie has a ton of visual effects and Gyllenhall seems to have the acrobat moves of the Prince down. However, cool special effects and fancy footwork don't make a good movie and while Bruckheimer's films do tend to be crowd pleasers . . . well, this is a video game movie we are taking about.

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