Benjamin Walker in Talks to Play Archangel Michael in 'Paradise Lost'

August 04, 2011 05:47:09 GMT

Director Alex Proyas says the 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' actor has a 'combination of great strength and perfect innocence' that fits for the role.


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Benjamin Walker might become a winged warrior in his next big screen project. The "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is in negotiations to take on the role of archangel Michael in Alex Proyas-directed movie "Paradise Lost".

"His deal isn't closed yet, but I think there's a wonderful duality about Ben's persona, this combination of great strength and perfect innocence that works so well for Michael," Alex told Deadline in a recent interview in Australia. He's staying in the country to do some preparations for the movie before starting its production in January next year for a possible release in fourth-quarter 2013.

To take on the role of Lucifer, Alex has signed "The Hangover" actor Bradley Cooper. "[He] is the most charming guy you'll ever meet, with this extraordinary charisma. Lucifer was the brightest and smartest of the archangels, and even as he descended into evil and evolved into Satan, he's not just some black-and-white villain. Bradley brings extraordinary depth to that journey," he gushed.

The movie is an adaptation of John Milton's 17th century classic poem that chronicles the epic war between archangels Michael and Lucifer. The good and evil battle in this film reportedly will resemble "300" meets "Lord of the Rings", but with winged warriors.

However, Alex said "it's not just armies battling in an epic war." He elaborated, "This is an adventure about the origins of good and evil after Lucifer's rebellion gets him cast out of Heaven and leads to a struggle with his brother archangel over the soul of mankind, starting with Adam and Eve."

"That is the scope of the narrative here, and we've tried to say as faithful as possible to Milton's text, particularly its focus on Lucifer's evolution and the birth of evil. It's a family saga, about a group of brothers, two in particular, who are on divergent paths, and Lucifer's feelings of betrayal by his father and family that forge his descent into evil."

© AceShowbiz.com




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