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Cusack, Brody take on Dragon Blade

John Cusack and Adrien Brody are to star as Roman soldiers lost in ancient times in action film Dragon Blade.

The pair have joined Jackie Chan in the historical epic, which is inspired by a missing legion of Roman soldiers that travelled into China in 48 BC, said The Hollywood Reporter.

"I'm really excited to be in a movie with two of the most respected actors working today. It gives me confidence that the decade we spent researching and developing the script has produced something of world-class standard," the action star said at the Shanghai Film Festival.

Dragon Blade, which is being directed by Daniel Lee, has finished shooting at Hengdian World Studios and will start shooting on location in the historic city of Dunhuang and the Gobi Desert.

John will play Lucius, a Roman general who led a legion of 1,000 soldiers into Han Dynasty China, while Adrien has been cast as Tiberius, who assassinated Rome's Consul Crassus and chased after Lucius with a force of 100,000 soldiers.

Jackie stars as military leader, Huo An, the Commander of the Protectorate of the Western Regions who teams up with Lucius to protect China's borders and sovereignty.

"It is a dream to finally work with Jackie. Aside from my long-time appreciation for his many talents, he is a beacon of generosity, and an inspiration to me," Adrien said. "Dragon Blade is a tale of mythical proportions - of good prevailing over evil - and an opportunity for me to explore a character whose ambition challenges his honour."

John added the film is a "privilege": "I grew up watching Jackie Chan films and stood in awe of his talent, energy and spirit. This will be a great adventure for me."

Dragon Blade is scheduled for release in February 2015.

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