Orlando Bloom & James Corden Join The Three Musketeers

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:13 pm,

The cast for Summit Entertainment’s 3D update of The Three Musketeers expanded over the weekend with the announcement that pretty boy Orlando Bloom and comedian James Corden would be coming onboard.

It has been a busy two weeks for the latest cinematic incarnation of The Three Musketeers, which will be helmed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Residen Evil: Afterlife).  First the main cast for the period adventure was announced, then Summit Entertainment officially picked up the distribution rights, and now franchise star Bloom (Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean) and funnyman Corden (Gulliver’s Travels) will lend their respective starpower to the flick as well.

Adapting Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel this time around will be the properly British screenwriter Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones’ Diary) and the more American-style action scribe Alex Litvak (Predators). Hopefully, they will turn out a decent script that will benefit from Anderson’s visceral, quick-editing style of filmmaking – after movies like Mortal Kombat and Alien vs. Predator, it’ll be interesting to see what the director can do with higher quality material.

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Bloom will play the Duke of Buckingham in the film, a handsome royal courtier whose affair with Queen Anne (the recently-joined Juno Temple) causes nothing but trouble for the titular trio.  Basically, think of Bloom’s character in Troy, place him in 17th century England, and you’ve got the Duke.  Not exactly a stretch for the actor but – given his limited range of expressions – that may be for the best.

As for Corden, he will take on the role of Planchet, a clever gentlemen who acts as servant to D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) at the behest of the more experienced Porthos (Ray Stevenson).  Hopefully the British thespian – who refers to himself as the “chunky unit” – will imbue the character with charm and humor. but not so much that he just becomes the latest in a long line of sidekicks that are meant to provide comic relief amidst all the action around them – but end being just flat-out annoying.

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Still the best worst example I can think of.

Essentially all the pivotal roles have been filled for Summit Entertainment’s Three Musketeers at this point and there appears to be nothing that will prevent production on the project from commencing this fall.  That’s not good news for Warner Bros. and their own 3D Musketeers project – one which the company was hoping to get underway before Anderson’s film.  Pending any unexpected snags, Summit looks to beat Warner Bros. to the punch after all.

So what do you think of the latest casting news?  Will Bloom and Carden make for worthy additions to the acting crew of The Three Musketeers?  Does the cast look up to par in general so far?  Sounds off in the comments section below.

The Three Musketeers is slated to begin filming this August with the intention of reaching regular and 3D screens sometime in Summer 2011.

Source: Variety

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  1. Hmm…. sounds watchable due to Corden’s involvement, otherwise I would give it a miss. Due simply to the fact that the charm of Orlando Bloom’s wooden expressions are wearing very thin.

  2. Im not convinced james corden is not only horrible to watch. but also a terrible comedian to boot
    £5 says we end up seeing him wiggle his fat belley…in 3d no less
    after all thats literally all he can do

  3. I knew it was a matter of time till Bloom’s name was attached to this project. I should have bet in Vegas.

  4. Not too happy that O Bloom is going to join. And the comedian? I’m with you on the annoying sidekick thing-enough already! Still and all I’m looking forward to seeing RAY STEVENSON in this.

  5. Hayden Christiansen who played Anakin Skywalker from STAR WARS: The Beginning series can make an awesome 3 Musketeers that will be his next heroic adventures.

  6. Hata cuando le daran presupuestos a Mr Anderson?, no he visto ni una buena pelicula de este director

  7. One day Orlando will surprise everyone and his acting will shine through. His expressions have not been limited, but the roles he has been cast in have been limited so far. Always the stoic, or sad type characters. In a different kind of role, he will break the mold he has been stuck in. He is a very good actor. Even Depp says so, and others in the bus.