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Disney Reportedly Wants Tom Holland to Star in Live-Action ‘Atlantis: The Lost Empire’ Remake

Rumors of a live-action remake of “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” have been around for years. Last year, there were reports that the project was in development. Now, Disney is reportedly looking to cast Tom Holland as the star of the film, according to Giant Freakin Robot.

The live-action project has not been officially confirmed.

The main character of the original “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” was Milo Thatch, voiced by Michael J. Fox. The film was directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, with a screenplay by Tab Murphy.

It was released in 2001 and grossed $186 million worldwide, making it somewhat of a box office failure. Disney even had a roller coaster attraction in development based on the film, but due to the film’s lukewarm reception, plans were ultimately shelved. Over the years, however, the movie gained a cult following thanks to its animation style, which was largely based on the drawings of Mike Mignola, the same artist that created Hellboy. Also created for the film was a unique “Atlantean” language, developed by the man behind Star Trek’s Klingon language, Marc Okrand.

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The movie was an action-packed epic, making it a solid choice for a live-action adaptation. Moving away from songs and musicals is something Disney did with the live-action adaptation of Mulan, a choice likely made due to mixed reviews for singing performances featured in other recent live-action remakes like Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.

Set in 1914, Atlantis: The Lost Empire tells the story of a young cartographer and linguist named Milo Thatch, who gains possession of a sacred book which he believes will guide him and a crew of mercenaries to the lost city of Atlantis. Milo and the unlikely team of adventurers — some with ulterior motives — set off to find the ancient civilization, which they then find is not extinct after all.

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  1. I told my folks about this. They think Tom Holland would do good as Milo Thatch. I’m on board too.

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