Actor Adrien Brody is set to play Roman ruler Charles V in Emperor.

The movie will be directed by Die Another Day filmmaker Lee Tamahori and will centre on Emperor Charles V's tenure as the leader of the Holy Roman Empire in the 16th century, according to Variety.com.

A statement from Brody reads, "I have long admired Lee's work and a true fan since he blew me away with Once Were Warriors. When Lee approached me to play the role of Charles V - a man with great power, and greater flaws, whose demons took his empire to the brink - I felt compelled to accept the challenge."

The movie will begin filming in August (14).