A seriously interesting project is closing in on production as Stephen Dorff was cast in the Greek mythology epic War of the Gods. The film is said to be filmed in a similar style to 300 and will be directed by Tarsem Singh. According to Variety, Dorff will play Stavros, a master thief who joins Theseus (Cavill) on his quest to help free Greece from the dark threat of Titans.
I've been waiting for Dorff's comeback for a while now and thought Public Enemies would do the trick. Even though this is a role in a potential blockbuster, it's still not where he deserves to be if you ask me. Nevertheless, Dorff is in what could be a cool and fresh take on Greek mythology during the height of the topic's resurgence. With the upcoming Clash of the Titans we'll get a good sense of the worldwide craving for such a tale.
Whoever is in charge of the casting is doing their job quite well, with Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Mickey Rourke (Iron Man 2), Henry Cavill (The Tudors) and Kellan Lutz (Twilight) rounding out the film's cast. There's quite a variety of fan bases thrown in there, but I don't know that it will drive the fans to theaters. Instead, it may be the director's vision, coupled with a hopefully efficient promotional campaign.
Director Tarsem Singh has a short, but impressive career. His two directorial credits include The Cell and The Fall, a pair of unconventional tales with memorable visuals. One of his unknown contributions was as 2nd Unit Director on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The man knows how to turn heads. Over a year ago, Tarsem told Empire magazine his intentions for War of the Gods:
"'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.'”
How I imagine a table read might end up between Rourke, Cavill and Lutz
If you need something to gripe about before details really start to unravel, it is the "young, hunk-heavy" cast. Something I've noticed over time is how tough it is to create a gripping action piece when most of the cast are 20-something teen heartthrobs. Who is to say Cavill won't be solid in his leading role, but his career has proven nothing yet. And we don't need to get into Kellan Lutz's fan base.
A pleasant escape from those personas will be Mickey Rourke as King Hyperion, the leader of the Greek revolution against the Titans. Not to mention the direction Freida Pinto's career is headed. She recently was caught up in a short-lived hype of being the next Bond girl, which is never a bad rumor to be a part of. If she can pull off the action movie, there is no limit to her star quality.
War of the Gods sounds like a worthy movie and hopefully will learn a thing or two from Clash of the Titans. But if it is to be shot like 300, I can't imagine it actually needs to worry about anything other than looking good and being tough. The plot sounds much more promising than any other Greek mythology film of late and with a cast of proven, but not million-dollar actors, it could win over a handfuls of audiences.
War of the Gods is scheduled to release November 11, 2011.
Source: Variety via /Film