Paul Bettany Heading to Priesthood
Thu, 09 Apr 2009 11:54:48
Paul Bettany will star in Priest, a horror-western for Screen Gems. The film marks a reunion for Bettany and director Scott Stewart. The duo previously worked together on Legion, a horror-thriller also produced by Screen Gems. Legion, which follows a group of misfits and an arcangel who try to save humanity from being wiped out by angels, has been bumped to a January 2010 release date.
Priest is the adaptation of a TokyoPop comic book. It is set after centuries of war between men and vampires. The central story involves a rogue warrior priest, to be played by Bettany, who turns against his church in order to track down a troupe of murderous vampires who have kidnapped his niece. Screen Gems execs claim that they knew Bettany would be perfect for the role of the priest after viewing his work in the first cut of Legion.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff