Benjamin Walker To Lay Smackdown On Evil In 'Paradise Lost'
If Benjamin Walker thinks that his coolest role ever is playing a version of our sixteenth president who's hell-bent on battling bloodsuckers, he might very well be right.
Coming in at a close second though, is playing the guy who fights the devil while wearing wings.
Deadline reports that the "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" star is in talks to play archangel Michael in Legendary Pictures' upcoming "Paradise Lost." The movie, inspired by John Milton's epic poem, has already signed "I, Robot" director Alex Proyas on to direct, in addition to casting Bradley Cooper as the man with the evil plan, Lucifer.
Walker, whose past credits include roles in "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Kinsey," is the clear choice for the role, according to Proyas.
"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," he told Deadline. "And Bradley 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."
The movie, which begins filming in Sydney in early 2012, won't cut any corners when it comes to the good-versus-evil action. Proyas says of the film, which has been seven years in the making, "I don't think the visuals could have been done justice until now, which is the great fun of being a film director in this modern age of visual effects. Despite all those possibilities, the characters are what's most important...
"It's not just armies battling in an epic war. This is an adventure about the origins of good and evil."
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