First Trailer for Director Paul W.S. Anderson's The Three Musketeers
03.27.11 by Ryan
The first trailer has debuted for director Paul W.S. Anderson's (Resident Evil: Afterlife, Death Race) adaptation of The Three Musketeers. Based on Alexandre Dumas' classic novel, Anderson's Musketeers is a 3-D production of the story that sees the young D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) join forces with the Three Musketeers — Aramis (Matthew Macfayden), Porthos (Ray Stevenson), and Athos (Luke Evans) — to take down the evil Cardinal Richelieu (Christoph Waltz).
In a recent interview with Moviefone, Anderson explained that the reason he turned the swashbuckling adventure story in a 3-D movie was because it has "never really been used in a big period movie before."
I mean, 3D has tended to be for animated films and for a lot of science fiction and horror movies. There hasn't really been a movie that's shot in big historic locations with thousands of extras and horses and sword fights, so it's going to be radically different and very, very exciting. And I think where 3D is very strong is that it's a very immersive medium, you know, and that's as a filmmaker what you really want to do, is you want to immerse your audience in a story, and especially if you want to immerse them in a world they've never been in before, whether it's the world of Pandora or whether it's the kind of underground lairs of the Umbrella Corporation in Resident Evil or, indeed, 17th century Paris. I mean, it's an environment you've never been to before, and it's a strange and fascinating environment, and I think 3D really helps immerse the audience in it. So it's very exiting, and the movie looks unbelievably beautiful.
While the trailer shows that Anderson takes a few liberties, the director explained that the movie still tells the traditional story of The Three Musketeers.
But the story is exactly the story of The Three Musketeers. You know, D'Artagnan wanting to go to Paris [to] become a musketeer, accidentally meeting The Three Musketeers, challenging them to a duel; the Richelieu plotting against the King and Queen by having the Queen's diamonds stolen; the Musketeers having to go to London to go and retrieve the diamonds and then return to Paris before the ball, which is being thrown where, you know, the Queen would be embarrassed because she doesn't have the jewelry — that is the story of our movie, it's just we tell it in a slightly different way.
The Three Musketeers opens Oct. 14, and co-stars Milla Jovovich co-stars as Milady de Winter, Orlando Bloom plays the Duke of Buckingham, and Mads Mikkelssen as evil Rochefort.