The film, directed by Bharatbala, will trace the origins of the martial art form of Kerala, Kalarippayattu. It is heard that the movie will be made in the backdrop of the ninth century. Shooting is likely to start in the summer of 2009.
Kamal plays the character role of a veteran Kalarippayattu guru (teacher) who trains Tadanobu Asano in his fight against his enemies. Asin will play a local princess, a martial arts expert who falls in love with Asano.
The movie is based on a script written by the best-known Malayalam writer, M.T. Vasudevan Nair, popularly known as MT, a Jnanpith award winner who has won five National awards for screenplay writing.
MT's script is now being re-written by Hollywood script doctors to give 19 Steps an international look and suitable for an overseas audience. 19 Steps will have versions in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Japanese with music by A.R. Rahman.