Paul WS Anderson Completes His Three Musketeers Cast as Another Adaptation Looms
Posted 05.12.10 by Ryan
Director Paul W.S. Anderson's career will be making sharp turn for his next feature, that being an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers. The movie will be the first foray into literature for the director of Death Race and the upcoming Resident Evil: Afterlife. The director has promised a contemporary movie that will be "rich in eye-popping action, romance, and adventure" and will also be shot in 3-D, much like Afterlife. With production to begin this September, around the same time as Afterlife's opening, Anderson has finally put together his cast.
According to THR, Anderson's Musketeers will be played by Ray Stevenson (Thor), Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans) and Matthew Macfadyen (Robin Hood), who will play the swashbuckling heroes Porthos, Athos and Aramis, respectively. Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief) will play D'Artagnan, the youngest member of the group who abandons his home to join the French king's royal fighting force.
Anderson has also cast his wife, Milla Jovovich as "17th century Bond girl" Milady de Winter, a former flame of Evans. Mads Mikkelssen (Clash of the Titans) and Academy-Award winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) will play Rochefort and Cardinal Richelieu, respectively, the movie's two main adversaries. An offer has been extended to Orlando Bloom to play the movie's nemesis, the Duke of Buckingham, but Bloom's participation is unconfirmed at this time.
Anderson's casting is a sure sign that the director isn't concerned with the other Three Musketeers movie currently in development with Warner Brothers. That version will be directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) and, according to Variety, is also slated to step in front of cameras this fall. No cast has been announced for Liman's Musketeers.