Anderson Casts His 3D Musketeers

Paul W.S. AndersonSource: Heat Vision

“All for one and one for all” is the noble credo of Alexandre Dumas‘ 17th Century swordsmen and the phrase should be quite apt for the eclectic cast of director Paul W.S. Anderson’s developing 3D take on The Three Musketeers.

Heat Vision reports that Logan Lerman, who recently played the title character in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, is in negotiations to play D’Artagnan, a young man who leaves home to become a member of the fighting force of the French king’s royal household, while the titular trio of warriors will be played by Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans and Matthew Macfadyen as Porthos, Athos and Aramis, respectively.

Rounding out the cast as villains are Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz as Cardinal Richelieu and Mads Mikkelsen as Rochefort. Anderson’s real-life wife and frequent collaborator Milla Jovovich has been cast as Milady de Winter, a former love of Athos who is described as “17th century Bond girl” and an offer is out to Orlando Bloom to play nemesis the Duke of Buckingham.

Though the cast seems solid – chock full of the usual suspects for a period-set film – personally I feel that 3D is hastily wearing out its welcome and the Musketeers are not the kind of adventurers that I expected to see – or even want to see – in the third dimension. With Warner Bros. aggressively pursuing their own Musketeers project simultaneously (with Jumper director Doug Liman at the helm), it’ll be a big-budget race to the multiplex and an interesting bout to see who will make the better film.