Mani Ratnam has already roped in Vijay and Mahesh Babu to portray the roles of Vandiyathevan, Adithya Karikalar from the historical novel. Now, the director is hunting for the title role, Ponniyin Selvan. The title is the sobriquet given to Rajakesari Varman aka Arulmozhi Varman for one of the greatest emperors of the Tamil Chola Empire.
Sources have said that the director is keen to cast either Vikram or Surya, as he thinks that one of them can perfectly fit the bill. However, The movie is the screen-adaptation of the Tamil historical novel 'Ponniyin Selvan', which was written by Kalki Krishnamurthy. Ilaiyaraaja will be scoring the music and it will be produced by Sun Pictures.