Christopher Plummer Joins Priest Film Thriller
posted on by Egan Loo
Director Scott Charles Stewart has revealed on Thursday evening that acclaimed film actor Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, The Insider, A Beautiful Mind, Up, 9) and actor Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings, Halloween II, Deadwood) have joined the cast in Screen Gems' live-action film adaptation of Min-Woo Hyung's Priest horror manhwa. The Variety entertainment trade magazine adds that actress Madchen Amick (Twin Peaks, Californication, Gossip Girl) has been casted as well.
Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Da Vinci Code), Cam Gigandet (Twilight, The O.C.), Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III, Live Free or Die Hard, King of Fighters), Karl Urban (Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings, The Bourne Supremacy), Stephen Moyer (True Blood, The Starter Wife), and Lily Collins (90210, The Blind Side) are also starring in the film. The project started filming last month.
The manhwa tells the story of an expert in ancient languages who accidentally resurrects an angel from Hell, Temozareal. The man is forced to sell his soul to the Devil in a attempt to correct his mistake. Cory Goodman (The Brood) wrote the movie adaptation's script. According to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, the film version "is set in a world ravaged by war between man and vampire."
Bettany stars as a priest hunting down vampires who have kidnapped his niece (Collins). Amick will play the niece's mother. Stewart co-founded the Orphanage special effects studio before agreeing to direct the project.
The North American publisher Tokyopop announced in 2001 that it had acquired the original Priest manhwa. Michael De Luca, Stars Road Entertainment's Josh Donen, and Mitchell Peck are producing the live-action film version. Andrew Douglas was originally slated to direct the actors Gerard Butler and Steven Strait in the film, but that version never came together.
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