Viggo Mortensen, recently of Hidalgo and Return of the King, is in negotiations to star in Alatriste. He would play Captain Alatriste, a "Spanish soldier-cum-mercenary embroiled in the country's 16th century imperial wars."

Alatriste will be directed by its writer, Agustin Diaz Yanes (No News From God), and shall co-star Gael Garcia Bernal as Inigo and possibly Elena Anaya (Van Helsing as Angelica de Alquezar.

Alatriste will be filmed in Spanish and have a budget of around $25 million. Viggo, speaks fluent Spanish and will have no problem on set in the spanish cities of Seville and Toldeo.

Alatriste is the main character of a five-novel series, "Las aventuras del capitan Alatriste," written by one of Spain's bestselling novelists, Arturo Perez Reverte. (credit Variety)

Alatriste begins filming in January of next year.

Report by: Matt Norris

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