Kellan Lutz To Play Poseidon In ‘War Of The Gods’

Twilight” vampire Kellan Lutz is trading in his fangs and bloodlust for a trident and (presumably) a big, bushy beard. And yes, I am aware that “Twilight” vampires do not actually have fangs. Just roll with it.

Lutz has been cast in the role of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea, in “War of the Gods,” an upcoming swords and sandals blockbuster from “The Fall” and “The Cell” director Tarsem Singh. Lutz joins Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke and Freida Pinto in the growing cast, which is expected to assemble next month for the start of production.

The story follows young Greek warrior Theseus (Cavill) as he leads his fellow soldiers in a… well… a war of the gods, at the bidding of King Hyperion (Rourke). The Theseus of Greek myth is the founder of Athens and son of Poseidon, though it’s not known how closely “War” will follow established stories. Pinto will play Phaedra, Theseus’ second wife.

Singh has a unique visual style, putting the camera to work not just in establishing a scene but also creating an eye-catching picture. “The Fall” and “The Cell” both aren’t exactly modern classics, but the visuals Singh creates are hard to forget. I can’t wait to see what he does with the strong cast assembled (so far) for “War” and a budget befitting an epic Greek myth blockbuster.

That said, Lutz seems like an odd choice to me. Perhaps the story strays a great distance from established Greek myths, but does anyone really buy the hunky “Twilight” star as Cavill’s father? Sure, the gods are immortal and all that… but Lutz still seems a bit on the young side for the god of the sea.

What do you think of Lutz being cast as Poseidon? What does his joining the cast do for your interest in the movie?