Original Movie Alert: Sean Bean Battles ‘Black Death’

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blackdeath poster Original Movie Alert: Sean Bean Battles Black Death

With all of the remakes, reboots and absurd movie ideas spewing forth from Hollywood lately, it’s nice to see there are still some people having original thoughts. Here’s an idea for a story coming out of the UK and Germany: a mystery/thriller about the plague during medieval times. From Egoli Tossell Film comes the movie Black Death and it stars none other Sean “Boromir” Bean.

Black Death is set during medieval England at a time when the black plague was ravishing everyone. Ulric (Sean Bean) heads up a group of knights and journeys into the marshes lead by a young monk, Osmund,¬†to discover why one village doesn’t seem to be affected by the wretched disease. What they find is a beautiful necromancer (one who brings back the dead) called Langvia; but when she reveals her true nature and offers Osmund his heart’s desire, he must choose between the love of his God and the woman he loves.

Not a bad story, right? There are not a lot of powerhouse names attached to this project but that doesn’t mean the project is lacking in the talent department. Some may recognize the names of director Christopher Smith from his work on horror/comedy Severance (a movie I would highly recommend), and writer Dario Poloni who wrote the original screenplay. Poloni also wrote the action/horror film Wilderness (yet another movie I would highly recommend).

Sean Bean is joined Eddie Remayne (Osmund), Carice van Houten (Langvia), and Kimberley Nixon (Averill). Bean is probably best known worldwide for his performance as Boromir in Lord of the Ring: Fellowship of the Ring, while Redmayne’s latest role was playing the boyfriend of Jessica “Show My Breasts to Further My Career” Biel’s stripper in the straight-to-DVD movie Powder Blue. Carice van Houten is a fine actress as well, most notably in Bryan Singer’s Valkryie and Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book.

Filming for Black Death began late 2008 on location at Ukranenland in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany with principle photography to conclude in June 2009. So far, Egoli Tossell Film has managed to get Black Death picked up by twelve distributors overseas but it has yet to be picked up in the U.S. so there’s a possibility that North Americans will only see it on the rental shelf.

There has been no trailer released for Black Death but when there is, we will be sure to post it. In the mean time enjoy these pictures from the movie.

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Sean Bean and friends

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  1. Well the plague-inflicted bodies didn’t look too convincing but I like the story concept and the star.

    I especially like Bean because he played Rifleman Richard Sharpe in a series based on Bernard Cornwall’s books some time back.

  2. I might have to see this just because it’s an original piece of work, since those are so rare in modern times…

  3. Hmmm, I guess we’re going to have to start looking to international film makers for original ideas. This sounds interesting in the fact that it is completely different from stuff currently being produced by Hollywood. It doesn’t sound like something that I will go to the theater to see, but with the right trailer, maybe I would….

  4. Characters a younger Sean Bean should have played:

    James Bond
    Sherlock Holmes
    Richard The III
    Captain Britain
    Arthur Pendragon

    Characters Sean Bean should not have played:

    Everything he has done since Lord of The Rings

  5. @Lord Garth – LOL!!! Come on man he wasn’t that bad in Flightplan was he? Or National Treasure. I liked him as well in the short lived show Crusoe as the Father.

    I should have mentioned somewhere that he is going to be in Ca$h this year with Chris Hemsworth. The movie sound good too.

    You’re suggestion of Capt Britain is dead on though.

  6. I would definitely see this if I got the chance.
    I like the idea of Bean as a heroic lead.

  7. I’m with Gary. I think Sean Bean has been typecast a bit as a villain, which is a pity. Anyone who’s a fan of the Richard Sharpe series knows he makes a great hero (one could maybe argue anti-hero). I’m definitely hoping this makes it to the US.

  8. This looks pretty interesting. I love those kind of medieval movies where you feel transported back in time, historical like.

    I would definitely want to see this movie.

  9. Oh! this looks really interesting and Sean Bean a hero does not get much better!

    Really looking forward to seeing this film.

  10. Thanks Paul,

    The guy had the good chisled looks of Roger Moore, with the suave charm and Physicality of Sean Connery, (watch Shackleton if you don’t believe me) would have been a perfect Bond in lieu of Remington Steel and his “Klingon Bird of Prey” Aston Martin

    Now he’s been reduced to doing these crappy Shadey Assed Eastern European drug Dealer and car thief produced Van Damn straight to video stuff that prob plays well in Murmansk

    Shame is all.

  11. “Lord of the Fleas,,,” yep that’s original,,, :-)
    Don’t scratch its Black Death,,, rated PG-13,,, :-)

  12. I’m hoping to see this at some point, even if it does have to be on DVD. What pisses me off is that Nic Cage, who couldn’t act hot if he were on fire, is stealing BD’s thunder with that has-to-be-CRAP “Season of the Witch”. I wouldn’t look under my bed to see Nic Cage, frankly. Well, maybe if I had an extra-large can of RAID.

  13. Lord Garth you are right on the money with Sean Bean…the only time I felt he was underused was in Ronin. Now I love Ronin, but Sean should have been in that film much longer.

  14. I thought Bean was great as Odysseus in Troy. If someone ever does another Excaliber movie, I would love to see him as Arthur.

  15. Wish Sean Bean got the parts Nic Cage has been getting — he’s 10 times the actor Cage is.

    Too bad most of Bean’s recent films have been indy and straight to DVD. Watch Far North, if you can find it, for some of his best recent acting.

  16. First of all, Sean is never bad in any role. Some of the films he’s been in may be bad, but he is usually the one thing good about them. Black Death is going to be awesome! as for Ca$h!, the official website is open with trailers available. If you want to see pics of Sean in costume for Black Death, there are some in the forums over at http://seanbeanonline.org If he would pander to the powers in Hollywood, he probably would be taking roles from under Nic Cage’s nose, but one of the things that makes him so special as an actor is that he marches to his own drum and the ponces in Hollywood can just sod off.

  17. I saw “Far North” recently and found it disturbing but excellent. Bean, as usual, was utterly believable.

    Cage, however, has only ever gotten work b/c he’s Coppola’s nephew.