He’s often at his best playing eerily sinister roles, but Casey Affleck is in negotiations to star as some of the ultimate good guys within the new movie tackle John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost.
Affleck is in line to play Gabriel, an angel who joins forces with Michael (Benjamin Walker) within the ultimate battle with Lucifer (Bradley Cooper), after the fallen one launches a full-scale assault on God.
You can banish any memories of interminable English literature lessons though, as that is going to be a 3D action epic versus a run of the mill sermon.
Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City, Knowing) is directing and the shoot is anticipated to start in January 2012 in Sydney.
Deadline also are reporting that Camilla Belle (The Ballad Of Jack And Rose, 10,000 BC) has signed directly to play Eve, of ‘Adam and…’ fame, in a storyline that runs parallel to the angelic warfare.
It’s interesting that Proyas appears to be largely casting against type (it will was more obvious were Cooper and Affleck’s roles switched) so it will be interesting to look the results.
Paradise Lost is predicted to open in late 2013. Casey Affleck will next be seen in Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist.