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