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.
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.
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.