First Poster Of Paul Bettany In ‘Priest’ Premieres Online

Priest,” starring Paul Bettany of “The Da Vinci Code” and “Twilight” star Cam Gigandet, is set to debut in theaters across the globe in just over a year. Lest you think an August 2010 release date is unrealistic for the manga adaptation, Sony Pictures is providing proof that “Priest” is far from in need of a prayer.

The official website for “Priest” is now online, debuting the very first look at the film’s star Paul Bettany as the titular priest. While a first look at Gigandet has yet to arrive, this initial shot of Bettany is enough to inform prospective viewers that this vampire tale is a far cry from the comparatively tame “Twilight” franchise.

The eerie poster conjures memories of Bettany’s portrayal of Silas in “The Da Vinci Code.” Even if the actor is playing a more heroic role this time out, Bettany is nonetheless sticking with the creepy aesthetic he’s becoming known for.

Based on the popular manga series published in English through TokyoPop, “Priest” focuses on Ivan Isaacs, an enigmatic warrior priest that hunts down vampires, ghouls and other assorted creatures. While the movie also focuses on a warrior priest, it’s unclear if Bettany’s character is the same as Isaacs. According to the film’s synopsis, “Priest” tells the tale of a priest who turns against the church to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece.

Cam Gigandet co-stars in the film, though his exact role remains unclear. It was previously speculated that he’d star as a half-vampire sheriff, though the actor told MTV News that reports of his vampirism are greatly exaggerated.

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