Against all odds, David Morrissey has managed to move past "Basic Instinct 2" and on to the next phase in his career, signing on for a lead role in "The Water Horse."
Based on the children's book by Dick King-Smith, "The Water Horse" is being directed by Jay Russell for Walden Media, Beacon Pictures and Revolution Studios.
The story focuses on a Scottish boy (Alex Etel) who finds an egg by a loch. But it isn't an ordinary egg. It's a water horse egg! The boy must protect his mythical creature from the locals who view him as dangerous.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Morrissey will play Captain Hamilton of the Royal British Army. Hamilton's troop takes over the diner run by the boy's mom (Emily Watson).
After dozens of actors turned down the part, Morrissey played the male lead in "Basic Instinct 2," which opened and vanished without a trace last month, taking in less than $6 million domestically (just over $32 million worldwide, so far). Despite big screen debacles like "Instinct" and "Derailed," Morrissey remains one of England's most acclaimed television actors thanks to standout work in offerings like "State of Play" and "Blackpool."