Premiering at the Toronto International “Midnight Madness” portion of the film festival is Mchael J. Bassett’s Solomon Kane, which stars James Babson, Laura Baranik, Geoff Bell, Matthew Blood-Smyth, Brian Caspe, John Comer, Mackenzie Crook. This morning we got our hands on the official poster and first hi-res still from the film that is described by Wikipedia as “a somber looking man who wanders the world with no apparent goal other than to vanquish evil in all its forms..” Sounds like a plan to me, can I join ya’?
The character of SOLOMON KANE was originated by pulp-era writer Robert E. Howard, the legendary creator of CONAN and RED SONJA. The film adaptation tells the heroic story of a savage warrior in 16th Century England who seeks redemption for a lifetime of sins by renouncing violence to live a life of purity, only to find himself compelled to pick up his sword once again to vanquish a growing evil.
Anchored by a star-making performance by James Purefoy (RESIDENT EVIL, ROME, THE PHILANTHORPIST), SOLOMON KANE is an action-packed, dark and intense story with a stellar supporting cast, including Pete Postlethwaite (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, THE CONSTANT GARDNER), Max Von Sydow (CONAN THE BARBARIAN, THE TUDORS), Rachel Hurd Wood (PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER), Alice Krige (DEADWOOD, SILENT HILL, STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT) and Mackenzie Crook (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN trilogy).
Said Michael J. Bassett, “I hope that when the fans see the clips of Kane and meet James Purefoy they’re going to know that this film is an authentic and serious minded attempt to make a quality heroic-fantasy movie. Robert E. Howard is one of the founding fathers of fantasy fiction, so being able to bring him to the true genre fans of the San Diego Comic Con is really exciting and a huge privilege for me.”