Channing Tatum will star as a Virginia cavalryman who travels to the court of Catherine The Great on an undercover mission in Randall Wallace’s $65m adventure romance Love And Honor: The Mercenary.

Fusion Films partners Howard Kaplan and John Baldecchi are handling worldwide sales and Fusion is producing with Wallace’s Wheelhouse Entertainment.

Wallace presented the project to buyers at the Loews Hotel on Saturday [6] and explained that the two-hour film would combine the epic qualities of Braveheart, which Wallace wrote, with the fun of Pirates Of The Caribbean.

Production is set to commence in April and the producers are aiming to shoot in Russia, the Czech Republic and the US.

Tatum, whose credits include G.I. Joe, Dear John and Fighting, will play an 18th century American who at the behest of Benjamin Franklin pretends to be a British mercenary and travels to Russia to lobby the formidable tsarina not to join the British in their war against the Americans.

Along the way he must deal with treacherous terrain, starving wolves, marauding Cossacks and a court of seductive women.

“This will embody the classic themes,” Wallace said. “There will be action and it will be full of romance and quite different to other films in the market place. There are no movies out there about what it means to be a real man.”

Meanwhile Kaplan and Baldecchi said buyers had responded enthusiastically to their supernatural adventure romance Odd Thomas, which The Mummy’s Stephen Sommers will direct. Kathy Morgan is helping on international sales and is closing a number of deals.