Date: 10th May 2010

Gyllenhaal prepared for Persia franchise

Jake Gyllenhaal says he wants to be taken "a little less seriously" as an actor, and would love the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) to become a franchise.

The 29-year-old, known for dramatic roles including Brokeback Mountain, said recognition as the Disney blockbuster hero would be an "honour".

"I think about kids saying 'you're the Prince of Persia!' That I wouldn't mind being locked into," he said.

Based on a video game, the fantasy film is released in the UK on 21 May.

Stars of the film, including Gyllenhaal and British actress Gemma Arterton, have also signed a deal for a sequel, but producers have stressed that the success of the initial outing - The Sands of Time - will secure a second movie.

Source: Press Release