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Astounding Casting For Screen Gems’ ‘Priest’ Adaptation

Paul Bettany, who recently blew my mind in the incredible Gangster No. 1 (2000), is in negotiations to star in Priest, a horror Western that Michael De Luca (In the Mouth of Madness) and Stars Road Entertainment’s Josh Donen are producing for Screen Gems for release on August 13, 2010. The move will reunite Bettany with director Scott Stewart, for whom he just finished starring in Legion, an upcoming Screen Gems supernatural thriller. Read on for more details.
An adaptation of a TokyoPop comic book, Priest is set in a world ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampire and follows a warrior priest (Bettany) who turns against the church to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece. Cory Goodman (“The Brood”) wrote the screenplay.

I knew the moment I saw Stewart’s first cut of ‘Legion’ that Bettany was Priest and so I mentioned it to him immediately,” Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper said.

“Legion,” which is set to open next January, is about a group of misfits and an archangel who try to prevent humanity from being wiped out by angels.

Paul Bettany has appeared in a slew of astounding roles from The Da Vinci Code to Gangster No. 1 (get a taste of his performance below).