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Paul Bettany joins PRIEST film

DA VINCI villain to play gunslinging Vampire hunter

By Rob M. Worley     March 31, 2009
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter tells us that the film version of Tokyopop's Korean import 'Priest' may have found its leading man in Paul Bettany.

The actor is in negotiations to play a warrior priest in a world overrun in a war on vampires. Bettany's character goes rogue when a band of bloodsuckers kidnap his niece and he embarks on his own quest to retrieve her.

The actor seems to be becoming a staple of religious-themed movies.He played the villainous Silas in 'The Da Vinci Code' and appears as the archangel Michael in the upcoming 'Legion'.

Fans of comic-based movies may recognize his voice as that of Tony Stark's electronic manservant Jarvis in 'Iron Man'.

Cory Goodman ('The Brood') wrote the screenplay for 'Priest'. Michael De Luca and Stars Road Entertainment's Josh Donen are producing for Screen Gems. Mitchell Peck also will produce.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

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DaForce1 3/31/2009 12:45:03 PM

Wow!

This is the second best news I've heard for this project. The first being that Mark Steven Johnson was kicked off of it.

Wiseguy 3/31/2009 1:06:03 PM

Never heard of this but anything about vampire slayers always gets my attention.

This the albino guy?

darkheart00 3/31/2009 1:48:49 PM

 Best news I have heard today. Great casting.

xenomorph 3/31/2009 1:57:10 PM

You can never go wrong with a vammpire slayer movie (except for Blade trinity & Vampires: los muertos)

Flint521466 3/31/2009 2:18:20 PM

Yeah Wise it's the albino guy.  Bettany is a very good, if not underrated, actor.  Check out "Gangster No.1"  GREAT movie w/ Bettany, Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis, Saffron Burrows.  Paul McGuigan directed it.  Check it out.

Moz72 3/31/2009 3:39:23 PM

Cory Goodman obviously read a few pages of Priest, threw the book away, and decided to make up his own story.

Priest is not about a world ruled by vampires or a warrior priest going after his niece kidnapped by vampires.

WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

In the old American west, Iavan Isaacs is a murdered priest released from hell by the demon Belial to wage war against the followers of the Fallen Archangel  Temozarela and prevent Temozarela's resurrection and the apocalypse. 

 

Wiseguy 3/31/2009 4:32:19 PM

Thanks Flint. I'll keep an eye for that too.

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