Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje to play gladiator in ‘Pompeii’

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has joined the cast of Film District’s 3D period adventure, Pompeii.

Set in the days leading up to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, a slave (Kit Harington) on a ship heading for Naples works to get home to save the woman he loves and his best friend, a gladiator trapped inside the city’s coliseum.  Emily Browning, Kiether Sutherland and Jessica Lucas round out the cast.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play an enslaved gladiator who befriends Harington’s character.

Pompeii is the kind of big and bold film we all love to go to the movies to experience,” said FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje, best known for his role as Adebisi on Oz, was last seen in this year’s Bullet to The Head. He can be seen next in Thor: The Dark World and The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. His past credits include Killer Elite and The Thing.

Pompeii hits theaters on February 28, 2014.