Variety is reporting that Dan Stevens (Legion, Beauty and the Beast) is joining Harrison Ford in 20th Century Fox‘s Call of the Wild adaptation. The trade says the role is a “significant one,” but adds that it is not known who he will play. However, journalist Jeff Sneider says on Twitter that Dan Stevens may play Hal, the villain in the movie.
Harrison Ford will play John Thornton, a prospector braving the Yukon on the hunt for gold, accompanied by his team of dogs. The 1903 Jack London book is officially described as follows:
“Kidnapped form his safe California home. Thrown into a life-and-death struggle on the frozen Artic wilderness. Half St. Bernard, half shepard, Buck learns many hard lessons as a sled dog: the lesson of the leash, of the cold, of near-starvation and cruelty. And the greatest lesson he learns from his last owner, John Thornton: the power of love and loyalty. Yet always, even at the side of the human he loves, Buck feels the pull in his bones, an urge to answer his wolf ancestors as they howl to him.”
Thornton was previously played by Clark Gable in a 1935 adaptation and by Charlton Heston in 1972.
Chris Sanders (The Croods) is directing Call of the Wild from a script by Michael Green (Logan). Erwin Stoff is producing with Diana Pokorny serving as executive producer and Ryan Stafford working as co-producer.
Filming is set to start in September in California.