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.