Hot English actor Rupert Evans has joined Rachel Weisz and Homayoun Ershadi in the cast of Alejandro Amenabar's English-language project Agora which goes into production this month in Malta.

The film, being produced by Maxmedia, is the story of the efforts by a small group to free the slaves in Egypt. Evans will play a young philosophy student who goes on to become an influential Christian bishop.

Evans, currently playing the kind of England on hit UK series The Palace, is represented by Curtis Brown in London and WMA in LA.