Benjamin Walker May Be Archangel Michael In ‘Paradise Lost’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 6th, 2013 at 1:43 pm,

Once he’s done running the country and slaughtering legions of blood-suckers in next year’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, actor Benjamin Walker could be up for an even more intimidating task: leading the forces of Heaven against the armies of Hell in Alex Proyas’ Paradise Lost adaptation.

Bradley Cooper is already onboard to portray the fallen angel Lucifer in Proyas’ cinematic version of John Milton’s famous poem, which is being described as “’300′ meets ‘Lord of the Rings’,” in terms of style.

Production on the effects extravaganza is slated to begin in January 2012, which will allow time for Cooper to complete work on David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook first. Walker isn’t officially set for Paradise Lost yet, but his signing on is said to be all but a finished deal at this point.

Deadline caught up with Proyas, who had the following to say about the one-two punch of Walker and Cooper as dueling angelic siblings in his new project:

“… I think there’s a wonderful duality about Ben’s persona, this combination of great strength and perfect innocence that works so well for Michael. And Bradley is the most charming guy you’ll ever meet, with this extraordinary charisma. Lucifer was the brightest and smartest of the archangels, and even as he descended into evil and evolved into Satan, he’s not just some black-and-white villain. Bradley brings extraordinary depth to that journey.”

While most moviegoers are not yet familiar with him, Walker has effectively pulled off the noble-but-naive type before, in films like Kinsey and Flag of Our Fathers. Likewise, Cooper has earned himself a reputation for excelling at playing charismatic-yet-unscrupulous characters before, as evidenced by his roles in flicks like Limitless and The Hangover, as well as his stint on the show Nip/Tuck.

In short: The two do seem like genuinely nice picks to duke it out as Michael and Lucifer in Paradise Lost.

paradise lost conceptual art Benjamin Walker May Be Archangel Michael In Paradise Lost

Conceptual art of Lucifer in ‘Paradise Lost’

At the Legendary Pictures Comic-Con 2011 panel, Proyas mentioned that he was collaborating with a literary scholar, in order to ensure that Paradise Lost would remain largely faithful to the original Milton text. He also describes his adaptation as being more “a family saga, about a group of brothers, two in particular, who are on divergent paths, and Lucifer’s feelings of betrayal by his father and family that forge his descent into evil.”

All the same, the film is being designed as a very visually grand action flick that boasts three significant set pieces – one in Heaven, one in Hell, and another in Eden – which are being fashioned on a large scale, akin to the battle sequences in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy (hence the previous comparison). All in all, Paradise Lost is sure to look fantastic, what with the man behind films like Dark City lending his vision to the epic of (literally) Biblical proportions.

Three of the minds behind the Paradise Lost script – Philip de Blasi, Byron Willinger, and most recently, Ryan Condal – are relatively untested talents in the area of screenwriting. However, BAFTA nominee Stuart Hazeldine (Exam) and Oscar-nominee Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark) has worked on the screenplay as well – which should help ensure that the film doesn’t just end up being another routine mindless blockbuster.

Paradise Lost is expected to reach theaters by late 2013. We’ll let you know when an official release date has been settled on.

Source: Deadline

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  1. this is going to be really really good.I want to see this and the new noah’s ark movie.

  2. i have a lost of words. I want to see this movie RIGHT NOW.

  3. I think they should make the Noah movie a EPIC ACTION ADVENTURE piece. The story would see Noah and his loyal menagarie of animal friends face off against Ooah the Pirate Scourge with his crew of mythical creatures (minotaurs, dragons, etc.) It can be like a mix between Master and Commander high seas adventure with some Narnia sprinkled in. Directed by Mel Gibson. Does everything have to be an action packed blockbuster now?

    In all seriousness though if I were to trust anyone to visually and conceptually pull this off Proyas would top the list. Great visual style and I KNOW he will keep the story grounded and interesting by keeping Lucifer and Michael compelling characters with emotions and family issues. Set pieces sound awesome and it sure does lend itself to an action makeover.

    Paradise Lost is fantastic reading btw and could be made into it’s own very unique NON-Action movie. Not complaining.

  4. One of my favorite pieces of literature is coming to life and I’m so pleased. Looking forward to seeing this film come together.

  5. Well its actually good to see ‘Hollywood the scourge of modern religions back in the mix. Now that saying only being in the mix***
    That’s in no way stating that Hollywood has a clean record.
    Recent Hollywood adaptations of any kind of adaptive nature in terms of Religion and Good vs Evil have been clearly 1sided. Evil is winning..LOL!
    The previous film ..Legion is a complex and twist to Religous scripto whereas ..You don’t defy/disobey God. That film is a complete flip of the Milton Story. How will Paradise Lost fare in a atmosphere whereas its ‘chic to defey.

    The Producers said ‘They will adapt the film as close to the Poem as Cinematicly possible. That being said..it will be a complete reverse of the current ‘Hollywood vibe towards Religous accuratcy and respect for the History. The logic is to sell the film but sometimes a disregard/disrespect is applied and the product is tainted. Writers change plots,objectives and intentions for the sake of being creative. They apply their personal views and outlooks to a film.
    The problem with that is you cannot change Religous history and expect a negative fallout. Cecil B De Mile made ‘Bibilcal Films in the golden age. He was very sucessful..’Why..because He followed the scriptures.

    In a age where everyone is a star and you can’t tell me my interpretations and I’m a big shot.. you disregard the *source material..it will bite you on the Ass everytime! Compare accurate Biblical films to other films where a writer/producers change things around..
    Which ones were more sucessful?

  6. Can you have the words ‘accurate biblical history’ in the same sentance?

    • Ahh, making fun of someones personal beliefs. Classy.

  7. I saw the movie Devil’s Advocate in the theater and when Al Pacino introduced himself as John Milton, I laughed, and I was the only one who seemed to have gotten the connection. Education is dying in America. :-(

    I am really hopeful that this film will stay true to the story.

  8. The “literary scholar” ensuring PL’s integrity is a former professor and friend of mine, Dr. Eric Brown, who works at the University of Maine at Farmington. Just giving credit where credit’s due, because this guy is AWESOME. Check him out: http://inside.umf.maine.edu/2011/06/21/university-of-maine-at-farmington-faculty-member-eric-brown-honored-as-trustee-professor/

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