These days, it seems like a keyboard might be a more appropriate companion for the movie theater experience than a box of popcorn.
Following closely on the heels of recently announced movie versions of “American McGee’s Alice” and “Max Payne,” producer/director Uwe Boll has revealed the cast for his upcoming sword-and-sorcery epic “Dungeon Siege,” based on the popular PC video game of the same name.
Action hero Jason Statham will be transporting himself to medieval times for the film, alongside an impressive cast that includes Burt Reynolds (“The Longest Yard”), Ron Perlman (“Hellboy”), Matthew Lillard (the “Scooby-Doo” movies), John Rhys-Davies (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy), Leelee Sobieski (“The Glass House”) and Kristanna Loken (“Terminator 3″). Boll, a German director with a penchant for quickly cut cavalcades of carnage, previously mined the gaming community for the feature films “Alone in the Dark,” “House of the Dead” and the upcoming “Bloodrayne,” which also stars Loken.
“We’re fortunate to have such a depth and breadth of talent on this picture; so many faces with great experience, talent and audience appeal,” Boll said in a statement. “This picture’s going to be a superb showcase for their talents.”
“Dungeon Siege” tells the story of Farmer (Statham), an embittered hero on a mission to save his wife and child. As an evil army makes its way across the land toward King Konreid (Reynolds), who resides in Castle Ehb, Farmer must discover a way to re-establish the peace that once governed his village. Sobieski will play Muriella, the magical daughter of Merrick (Rhys-Davies), the court sorcerer. Perlman has been cast as Norick, Farmer’s monstrous friend and constant companion; Lillard’s role is Duke Fallow, the nephew of the powerful Konreid. As Farmer’s mission becomes increasingly bleak, he turns to an enchanted treelike creature called Elora the Whip Woman (Loken), whose support will aid Farmer in his quest.
“We are excited about the tremendous cast members who have chosen to join us this summer in shooting ’Dungeon Siege,’ ” producer Shawn Williamson remarked in the press release. “We are confident that they will bring the magic of this story to life.”
Gas Powered Games released the original “Siege” game in April 2002 and has plans to release its sequel, creatively titled “Dungeon Siege II,” this August.
With filming due to commence in the next few months, several key roles remain to be cast. Included in the mix is lead antagonist Gallian; Farmer’s son, Zeph; and King Konreid’s top military advisor, Commander Tarish. Tony Ching, renowned for his work on effects-heavy films including “House of Flying Daggers” and “Hero,” has signed on to oversee the film’s action sequences.
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