Of Hollywood’s two competing “Three Musketeers” projects — one to be directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, the other by Doug Liman — Anderson’s treatment just took a big, galloping lead. A big chunk of cast has been announced as either confirmed or in negotiation, including the parts of the titular musketeers, their pal d’Artagnan and the main villains.
The Hollywood Reporter‘s Heat Vision blog revealed that Ray Stevenson (“The Book of Eli”), Luke Evans (“Clash of the Titans”) and Matthew Macfadyen (“Robin Hood”) are confirmed for the roles of Porthos, Athos and Aramis, respectively, the so-called Three Musketeers. “Percy Jackson & the Olympians” star Logan Lerman is in negotiations for d’Artagnan, the young protagonist of the original Alexandre Dumas novel.
On the villains’ side, Anderson has locked in two great ones: “Inglourious Basterds” Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz will play Cardinal Richelieu and “Casino Royale” villain Mads Mikkelsen is locked for Rochefort. The director’s wife, Milla Jovovich, star of Anderson’s “Resident Evil” series, also joined the cast. She’ll play Milady de Winter, a former lover of Musketeer Athos described as a “17th-century ‘Bond’ girl.” As if all of this top-tier casting isn’t enough, there’s also an offer out to Orlando Bloom for the role of the Duke of Buckingham.
Anderson, who co-wrote the script with Andrew Davies, is said to be going for a “contemporary” feel while maintaining the period setting in his treatment of the story. The adaptation will also be presented in 3-D, a format that Anderson has been vocal about embracing in all of his future film work. His next effort, “Resident Evil: Afterlife,” is in 3-D and currently set for a September 10 release.
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