Score one for Team Lucifer. Variety reports that Rufus Sewell has joined the cast of Paradise Lost, Alex Proyas' (Knowing, I Robot) big-budget adaptation of John Milton's 17th-century epic poem. Sewell will be playing Samael, part of Lucifer's (Bradley Cooper) crew of renegade angels who decide to stage a revolt in Heaven. He joins an all-star (and almost all-male) cast that includes Djimon Hounsou, Casey Affleck, and Dominic Purcell. Paradise Lost is slated to begin shooting in Australia in January of 2012.
Rufus Sewell was last seen in the ill-fated Johnny Depp/Angelina Jolie thriller The Tourist. Click below for more images of him:
Bradley Cooper: the next George Clooney.
I mean this as literally as possible, since Cooper is now suspected to take over the starring role in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., previously held by Clooney (who dropped out due to the roles' physical demands). But this could also come to fruition in a more general way. U.N.C.L.E. is not the only thing on the Hangover star's horizons. In production right now for Cooper are the drama-thriller The Words, the David O. Russell dramedy The Silver Linings Playbook (wherein he'll be ruiniting with Limitless costar Robert DeNiro), and, most excitingly, an adaptation of John Milton's Paradise Lost—which has cast Cooper as the central, and most interesting, character: The Devil.
Cooper's character in U.N.C.L.E., directed by Steven Soderbergh, will be Napoleon Solo, an American spy originated by Robert Vaughn in the 1960s television series. Cooper can do spy. He's debonair. He's light-hearted (but severe when severity is needed). He's secret agent material.
So, all this considered, Cooper's career is on a pretty steady climb, and the variety in the above projects show off the actor's versatility. Such is why dubbing him "the next George Clooney" isn't such a stretch. He's grounding himself in comedy, drama, thriller, fantasy, action/adventure...a Cooper-driven mystery sci-fi would be something I'd look into.
This could be the start of the next big Hollywood icon. And to think, it all started back in Camp Firewood.
Paradise Lost is really filling out. For a while now, Bradley Cooper has been attached to play Lucifer, the central character of John Milton's epic poem. Also cast: angels like Michael (Benjamin Walker), Gabriel (Casey Affleck), Abdiel (Djimon Honsou), Uriel (Callan McAuliffe) and Moloch (Dominic Purcell). And, of course, the role of Eve has been given to Camilla Belle—the best candidate for the heavenly role, as she has dated one third of the holy trinity that is the Jonas Brothers. But finally, Eve will have an Adam: Diego Boneta, as it has been rumored, will take the role of the first man in Alex Proyas' adaptation of the work.
Now, Adam is no easy role to play. You've got to master pure, yet corruptable. Trusting, yet rebellious. A guy with removable ribs, and a guy not above taking advice from reptiles. Does Boneta have what it takes?
So far, he has been primarily a television actor. Boneta's most significant roles have been in Pretty Little Liars and 90210. But here's the kicker. Boneta played the lead male in the TV movie Mean Girls 2 (The De-Meaning): a character whose surname was none other than Adams. Is it a stretch to say that this is fate? He played "Adams" in a movie dedicated to the essence of the femme fatale. And now, he'll play "Adam," in the original femme fatale story.
Boneta will also be seen in Rock of Ages, which stars Julianne Hough as Sherrie Christian (see?).
Source: Twitter, Variety
Satan's army is expanding. THR reports that Dominic Purcell has been cast in Paradise Lost, Alex Proyas' (Knowing, I, Robot) big-budget adaptation of John Milton's epic poem. The former Prison Break star will play Moloch, a one-time angel who decides to switch sides after learning that the Dark Lord's disciples, to quote Milton's timeless prose, "score hotter chicks." Purcell joins a star studded ensemble that includes Casey Affleck, Djimon Hounsou, Ben Walker, Camilla Belle, and Bradley Cooper as Lucifer.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Dominic Purcell was last seen in the ill-fated thriller Killer Elite. Click on the image below for our transcendent gallery of the burly young actor:
Casey Affleck is genuinely one of my favorite things that this world has to offer. He's the human carrot cake: subtle, unique, not too flashy, but secretly, the best choice out there. And director Alex Proyas is saying, "Let them eat cake." And we will: Affleck is signing on to play Gabriel in the adaptation of Paradise Lost. So maybe a better analogy would have been angel-food cake. But that's the deal with Affleck: you can have your cake and eat it, too.
Considering the casting of Affleck, comparisons to Dogma will be unavoidable. Which Affleck will be the better angel: Casey as Gabriel, or Ben as Bartleby? That's up to YOU to decide. Personally, I think the decision will be a piece of cake. ... Ben Affleck was actually pretty good in that movie; I just wanted to make another cake joke.
The character of Gabriel, as depicted by John Milton, is a six-winged messenger of God. Already cast in Proyas' adaptation are Bradley Cooper, playing the lead role of Lucifer (the bad guy), Benjamin Walker as archangel Michael, and Djimon Honsou as Abdiel, the Angel of Death. The casting is great, so we can hope that the adaptation will be able to capture the depth of Milton's epic poem. It will be no easy task; Paradise Lost has a whole bunch of layers. Much like a cake.
You'd be surprised to learn just how familiar you are with Djimon Hounsou: Gladiator, Stargate, ER, Blood Diamond, In America, The Tempest; his record's not too shabby. And now, the actor is joining Paradise Lost in the exciting-by-nature role of the Angel of Death.
The adaptation of John Milton's legendary poem is pitting together some fine, albeit unappreciated acting talents. Bradley Cooper, who is more or less synonymous with The Hangover movies these days, will be taking the lead role as Lucifer. We can predict a spike in prominence for Benjamin Walker as well, what with his embodying of Archangel Michael. And finally Hounsou, the man with the spectacular resume, will reign supreme as the Angel of Death.
Nerds of literature and film alike will rejoice by everything has has amounted (and likely will amount) from this film so far: Alex Proyas is building a terrific monument to Milton's Paradise Lost, which, as much as anyone can really hope, will pay honest and worthy tribute.
Marcus Nispel’s silly violent fantasy epic Conan the Barbarian is Hollywood’s second attempt at building a franchise based on pulp author Robert E. Howard’s signature character. The first yielded two films of diminishing quality – 1982’s Conan the Barbarian and 1984’s Conan the Destroyer – and is best remembered for launching the career of future governor Arnold Schwarzenegger whose Austrian accent in the films is so thick as to render the bulk of his dialogue unintelligible.
Playing the title role in the update is Jason Momoa whose muscles aren’t quite as gargantuan as his predecessor’s but whose line-readings are at the very least comprehensible. (His own accent betrays hints of Hawaiian surfer-dude.) Momoa is most famous for his recent turn as a Khal Drogo on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones a far superior work of hard-R sword-and-sorcery fantasy. Thrones like Conan the Barbarian boasts bare breasts and beheadings galore but beneath the sex and savagery lies real intelligence. All the titillating elements are icing on the cake for a series founded on compelling characters and ingenious storytelling
Not so much with Conan the Barbarian. The film begins with a lengthy prologue inexplicably narrated by Morgan Freeman that briefs us on the essential details of the film’s mythology – and you’d best be paying attention because the ensuing film treats story and character as so many enemies to be vanquished. The opening scene announces the movie’s savage B-movie ethos thusly: When Conan’s very pregnant mother is injured in battle (barbarians don’t get maternity leave) his father (Ron Perlman) delivers his son via an impromptu battlefield Cesarean photographed in graphic detail. A warrior is born.
The plot involves a grown-up Conan gunning for revenge against Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang) the sorcerer-chieftan who killed his father and obliterated his tribe the Cimmerians when he was just a boy. Conan is something of a rock star in the marauding world his bloodlust not so all-consuming that he can’t stop to enjoy a flagon of mead with the odd topless slave babe. His credo is cogently expressed as “I live I love I slay I am content” – words to live by if there ever were.
On the path to vengeance Conan links up with a runaway nun Tamara (Rachel Nichols) whose special blood is required by Khalar to resurrect his dead wife. Or maybe it’s needed to conquer the Kingdom of Hyboria. Whatever. The attraction between Conan and Tamara is instantaneous and powerful – what girl can resist such charming lines as “Woman come here ” and “You look like a harlot”? Films like this can usually get by with one female speaking role but Conan the Barbarian offers a second: Marique (Rose McGowan) a scheming goth-witch whose affection for her father Khalar is clearly beyond familial. The role was originally written for a man.
Nispel’s previous films include two horror remakes (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th) and the barely releasable Pathfinder. He directs with casual disregard for context rushing hurriedly from one bloody set-piece to the next coherence be damned. Action is paramount in Conan the Barbarian; the film is positively bursting with it leaving little room for anything that might engage us on any level beyond “guilty pleasure.” Some of the action is memorable some of it tedious but the violence is inspired. In one scene while questioning a man whose nose he’d hacked off just a few frames earlier Conan jams his finger into the man’s exposed nose-hole causing it to spew icky clear fluid. Now that is some enhanced interrogation.
The Hangover hunk was hired to play Eric Draven, who returns from the dead to track down the gang who killed his wife, in the re-imagining of the 1994 cult movie, which famously cost star Brandon Lee his life after a prop gun accident.
However, Cooper is already contracted to start work on David O. Russell's Silver Linings, as well as the adaptation of John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost, and can no longer commit to The Crow shoot, according to TotalFilm.com.
The website reports Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum are now in the running to take over from Cooper when shooting starts in 2012.
After watching the first trailer for Friday Night Lights and Hancock director Peter Berg's live-action adaptation of Battleship, one might think to themselves, "Hey! This is nothing like the board game!" But remember: it's a board game. There wasn't really anything to "be like" in the first place.
Battleship appears to have lifted the most obvious elements of the Milton Bradley strategy game (this hulking, aquatic war machines) and injected it with a taste of Michael Bay, sci-fi madness. Taylor Kitsch (TV's Friday Night Lights and the upcoming John Carter of Mars) stars as a Naval Officer who can't keep his hands off the gorgeous Brooklyn Decker, much to the dismay of her Dad (and his Navy boss), Liam Neeson. Unfortunately, all the rabble-rousing and making out on the beach is interrupted when—as always seems to be the case, these days—aliens invade Earth.
Based on the title, you can probably guess what we'll have to use to defeat them. Airplanes.
Battleship hits theaters May 18, 2012.
Oh, Bradley Cooper. Just because you think something is a good idea doesn't mean it is. Take Case 39 for example. I'm sure that, at the time, doing a horror thriller opposite girlfriend Renee Zellweger seemed like a swell idea. How'd that one turn out? That's what I thought. Even so, you've managed to make the upgrade from supporting player to all-out leading man thanks to The Hangover, The A-Team and Limitless, but now you want want to use that career capital to play...Lucifer?
That's what Variety is saying. According to the trade, the star of this summer's surefire comedy hit wants to team with director Alex Proyas (Knowing, I, Robot) for an adaptation of John Milton's epic 17th-century poem Paradise Lost, which chronicles the epic war in heaven between archangels Michael and Lucifer and also touches upon the latter's role in Adam and Eve's fall from grace. Warner Bros.-based Legendary Pictures has been developing this project for a long while, waiting for the right pieces to fall into place. It seems as though Cooper's eagerness to play the Devil is jump-starting the stalled production and the company will try to capitalize on today's buzz to get it going.
A handful of writer's have been involved in adapting the classic poem, from Stuart Hazeldine and Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi to Lawrence Kasdan, who provided a recent polish (as did Ryan Condal). That usually is a red flag, but thematically the story is so deep it comes as no surprise that it would take this many scribes to get to the heart of the narrative. The source notes that the film is being molded into an all-out actioner which could be shot in 3D to accommodate various aerial warfare sequences. Angels flying around the heavens doing battle? I'm in. But Cooper shouldn't be.
I'm sure that as an actor one would want to take risks and do something out of the ordinary, but can you honestly tell me that you'd BELIEVE Bradley Cooper as the Devil? Hell, I don't even think he's right to play any kind of villain at this point, let alone the Prince of Darkness.