Djimon Hounsou Joins Bradley Cooper and Ben Walker in Paradise Lost
08.25.11 by BJSprecher
Two-time Academy Award–nominated actor Djimon Hounsou has no problem playing a monster on screen... as long as the part's writer has a good pedigree.
Hounsou last played the monstrous Caliban in 2010's adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Now, he's set to play a far more terrible creature in Paradise Lost, an adaptation of John Milton's 17-century poem. According to Deadline, Hounsou will play Abdiel, the angel of death. Bradley Cooper is set to play Lucifer and Benjamin Walker the chief archangel Michael.
Described as "a family saga" set in "an adventure about the origins of good and evil," the movie details the fall of Lucifer (Cooper) following his rebellion against God and his attempt to corrupt God's newest creation, man. Hounsou's character, Abdiel, rejects Lucifer's offer to rebel against God and joins the battle for Heaven, carving a pretty wide swath through the fallen angels in the process.
Creating Paradise Lost will be a massive, 100-week undertaking: 20 weeks in pre-production, 8 weeks in principal photography in Australia, and 72 weeks in post-production to create all of the visual effects. It does not yet have a release date, but it isn't expected to open until 2013 or later.
The moive is being produced by Legendary Pictures' Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni with Vincent Newman of Vincent Newman Entertainment and will be distributed by Warner Bros. The Paradise Lost screenplay adaptation has something of a convoluted background. The primary draft of the script was written by Stuart Hazeldine from a script by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi, but Lawrence Kasdan added a polish, as did Ryan Condal, the most recent writer to put his mark on it.