Kellan Lutz is Poseidon in Tarsem’s War of the Gods

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 15th, 2013 at 11:54 pm,

Of all the Greek mythology related projects coming out of Hollywood these days, the one I’m most interested in is Tarsem’s War of the Gods. The director (who is alternately credited as “Tarsem” and “Tarsem Singh”) is an absolute master of visually stunning sequences and one of the most standout auteurs in the industry today.

Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen of Twilight fame) has been cast as Poseidon in the film, joining the ranks of Henry Cavill (The Count of Monte Cristo) as Theseus, Mickey Rourke as King Hyperion, and Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) as the oracle priestess Phaedra. The story details the adventures of Theseus as he leads the Greek gods into battle against the Titans, fighting for the fate of mankind.

Strangely, Lutz is only twenty-five years old; his co-star Cavill is two years older, meaning Theseus will lead a younger Poseidon into battle. This is an interesting choice by Tarsem, considering Poseidon has historically been cast as a much older man. But if the director’s comments are any indication, perhaps War of the Gods won’t be as traditional as some might anticipate.

Here’s what he said in an interview with Empire back in January of 2009:

“It’s turning into, basically, Caravaggio meets Fight Club,” he said.  “It’s a really hardcore action film done in Renaissance painting style. I want to see how that goes; it’s turned into something really cool…I’m going for a very contemporary look on top of that so I’m kind of going with, you know, Renaissance time with electricity. So it’s a bit like Baz Luhrman doing Romeo + Juliet in Mexico; it’s just talking a particular Greek tale and half contemporising it and telling it.”

If you haven’t seen Tarsem’s 2006 film The Fall, I would highly recommend seeking it out. The Blu-ray is fantastic, and the impressive production design and costume design are perhaps indicative of some of the visual flourishes we will see when War of the Gods finally hits theaters.

What do you think about Lutz as Poseidon? Does his age bother you in a role like this, or do you have confidence in Tarsem’s vision? Let us know in the comments.

Production on War of the Gods begins in April, and a theatrical release is expected in 2011.

Sources: Variety, Empire

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  1. I'll atch anything with Tarsem's name on it, The Cell was fantastic.

  2. I like the way he describes his vision. Sounds cool and very interesting. I like the fact that he has a young cast. I always hated how in films of Greek Mythology, the gods were all mainly cast as old men. Gods are gods, meaning they do not age, so why would they be portrayed as old people. Gods are supposed to be beautiful; according to greek mythology every god and goddess were beautiful with only one god in exception (I forgot which one exactly), so what god would actually want to age. They are supposed to be young, don't get me wrong, they shouldn't be fresh out of their teens, but not have many wrinkles either. So, I am liking his vision and am looking forward to learning more about what this movie is about.

  3. With modern philosophical thought widely discussed and the ideas of transcendence and the temporal well elucidated I think that you can't rely on the old forms to carry in fullness the immanent of the character portrayed. Should the face of the character change with the mood and context of the scene? I guess it's a possible answer to the problem. Will the artist tackle it in this way or find an even better way is anybodies guess…

    By the way where was this guy hiding when the casting call went out for Captain America???

  4. I think its a great idea.
    All previous interpetations of Poesidon are usually grey old men.
    Shake it up,I say .

  5. Yay! The only greek Mythology movie thats out!! Oh yeah there's Percy Jackson and Clash of the Titans, morons.

  6. Seriously, are you constipated? Learn some manner; join polite society.

  7. Theseus lead the Gods against the Titans??

    I haven't taken Greek Mythology in a long time, but i don't remember Theseus every do that. Wasn't he the one who killed the Minotaur?

  8. You probably mean Pan or maybe Hades.

  9. No, its none of those. Hades is actually supposed to be a very handsome man. Since he's the god of the underworld people automatically assume he's an ugly guy. I think its one of the fire gods. Definitely not Prometheus… Hmmm… Now I have to go look it up! lol