We get a look at new epic tale of treachery, vengeance, and destiny during the Comic-Con 2011 Immortals panel. Panelists will include stars Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, and Kellan Lutz and producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton.
In this visually spectacular 3D action adventure the brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion and his murderous Heraklion (Mickey Rourke) rampage across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. As village after village is obliterated, a stonemason named Theseus vows to avenge his mother, who was killed in one of Hyperion's brutal raids. When Theseus meets the Sybelline Oracle Phaedra, her disturbing visions of the young man's future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final, desperate battle for the future of humanity.
Immortals may be yet another action packed film set in Greek mythology but with Tarsem Singh at the helm, the film promises to be a visual feast for the eyes. At Comic-Con, the director joined 300 producers Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari on stage to welcome their all star cast: Henry Cavill (The Tudors), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans), Kellan Lutz (Twilight) and Stephen Dorff (Public Enemies).
Loosely based on the story of Theseus, Immortals is about the Greek warrior fighting Hyperion, a Titan who has declared war against humanity. So what will set Immortals apart from other films about Greek gods?
Singh said that he was inspired to address the ideas of deities after a conversation with his deeply religious mother. Although he is a diehard atheist, she once asked him, "How do you think you are successful the way you are without my praying?" This idea of a higher power interfering with human lives led him to wonder about a story that focused on gods talking, arguing and fighting between themselves. Singh believes that Greek mythology, like most literature, were also more open to interpretation, giving him freedom to create a look and world with known characters.
Henry Cavill, who plays the lead of Theseus, also mentioned his ongoing interest in the world of Ancient Greece, but was drawn to the role by the way Singh interpreted it. Luke Evans found his character as Zeus to be a challenge, since it was rare to see the ruling god as a young man. He added that portraying Zeus not as an old man was the director's intent. "If you were a god, you'd want to be young and in the prime of your life," Evans said. "It was fun to play."
While Pinto, who plays the beautiful priestess Phaedra, joked that it was fun to be a part of a film where the men mostly bared it all, Kellan Lutz simply remarked that being Poseidon was great. "He's the salty one. The God of Wetness." We like the way he thinks.
The panel also debuted never-before-seen footage from Immortals in 3D, all of which featured battle scenes of epic proportions, whether it was Theseus battling the Minotaur or a band of fighters in gold armor beheading and dismembering their enemies. Though the slow motion special effects were reminiscent of 300, Singh promised us that the sets were bigger and more physical than the Zack Snyder flick. He stressed the importance of having his actors interact with the objects in the scene rather than work in front of a green screen. He made sure to incorporate the 3D effects on static shots rather than shaky camera movements or as an aftermath. Does this mean that the visuals in Immortals will be as stunning as they were in his other films like The Fall or The Cell? I truly hope so.
From what they showed at Comic-Con, the clips certainly did not disappoint. The incredibly detailed scenes with imaginative designs of enormous stone sculptures, colors and choreography reminded me of what a God of War film would look like--and with even more violence. It also helped that the entire cast (well, aside from Mickey Rourke) were all equally good looking. Henry Cavill covered in sweat while wrestling a Minotaur? Don't mind if I do.
Immortals opens in theaters on November 11th, 2011.
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