Spanish movie star Javier Bardem is to set sail as ODYSSEUS as Hollywood turns its attentions to classical heroes.

With movies about ALEXANDER THE GREAT, HANNIBAL, HELEN OF Troy and ACHILLES in the works, the OSCAR nominee has signed up for a starring role in Neil Jordan's THE RETURN - about the return of the mythical Greek hero to his Ithaca island paradise after fighting the Trojan Wars.

Bardem isn't the only star playing Odysseus this year (03) - Sean Bean will play the hero in Brad Pitt's new movie TROY.