Hayley Atwell Aboard Captain Nemo

David Morrisey has also joined up

Having proved that she was more than a match for Captain America, it seems Hayley Atwell is looking to get a little nautical. According to Deadline, she’s now attached to The Return Of Captain Nemo.

Atwell joins Hugh Bonneville in the film, which Shoreline Entertainment announced back in May, with Pearry Teo attached to direct in 3D. Teo’s name should be a little clue that this has nothing to do with Disney’s long-gestating, David Fincher-focused big-budget 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, which is still sitting in the development docks, but may end up sailing again soon.

Nope, this semi-sequel to Jules Verne’s tale finds Nemo languishing in prison until he’s sprung loose by Atwell’s uncle (David Morrissey) who also happens to be chief adviser to US president Ulysses S Grant. Turns out there is a plague of sea monsters sinking ships along the Atlantic coast, crafted by an evil genius intent on attacking America. Despite his dangerous side, Nemo is cearly the man to help.

Despite the film’s seemingly thrifty $10 million budget, the producers appear to be having trouble locking in the details, and the shooting locale has now been switched from China to Romania. It’ll also use a 300-style, green screen-heavy shooting method. But we are promised fun elements such as a Steampunk-flavoured airship Air Force One. Assuming, that is, Three Musketeers hasn’t soured everyone on the idea of airships by now.

And while the plan is to kick off shooting in January, the filmmakers face a possible conflict for Atwell’s services, since she’s also up for a role in Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion opposite Tom Cruise…