The undercover baddie in “Grimm” has landed in “Pompeii.”
Sasha Roiz has been cast in director Paul W.S. Anderson‘s period drama. He will play Proculus, the bodyguard and right hand man to Senator Corvus (played by Kiefer Sutherland). Proculus is described as “the menace standing behind the Senator’s despicable schemes.”
The 39-year-old actor joins previously announced castmates Sutherland, Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”), Emily Browning (“Sleeping Beauty”), Jared Harris ("Mad Men") and Carrie Anne Moss ("The Matrix").
Roiz plays Captain Sean Renard on NBC’s “Grimm,” and his previous television credits include Syfy’s “Caprica” and “Warehouse 13.” He has also appeared in the films “The Day After Tomorrow,” “16 Blocks” and “Land of the Dead.”
“Pompeii” follows a Celtic gladiator (Harington) who falls in love with a noblewoman (Browning) on the eve of the legendary eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.
The drama from Constantin Films and Anderson’s Impact Pictures began shooting in March on location in Pompeii and will begin filming in Toronto later this month.
Written by Lee and Janet Scott Batchler, Michael Robert Johnson and Julian Fellowes, the film is produced by Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer and Don Carmody. Martin Moszkowicz is executive producer.
FilmDistrict will release the film through TriStar Pictures on Feb. 28, 2014.
Roiz is repped by Edna Talent in Toronto, Pearl Hanan Management and Domain Talent.