First Look: Denzel Washington in The Book of Eli

February 26, 2009
Source: Entertainment Weekly

The Book of Eli

Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we've got our first look at Denzel Washington as the lone warrior Eli in the Hughes Brother's upcoming movie The Book of Eli. We featured a teaser poster for this back in November before it had even started shooting - but now that it's in production we finally get to see what Denzel looks like. The Book of Eli is a post-apocalyptic western, in which a lone man fights (with a samurai sword) his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind. That's really all we know so far, but this is definitely looking like it could be pretty badass in the end.

Denzel Washington in The Book of Eli

In the early scene above, Eli finally gets some company when he steps into a bar. "They peddle some nasty, prison-type alcohol - whatever you can make in the future when there's nothing left," says Allen Hughes. I wish we knew more about what was going on, or even more about the story, but unfortunately all that we've got to go off of is this photo and that early teaser poster. However, being a big sci-fi nut and fan of Denzel Washington, this is one of those projects that I'm very excited for, just because I've got that feeling that it could be another brilliant sci-fi gem (think Matrix) and we just don't know yet. Look good so far?

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Reader Feedback - 27 Comments


An early draft of the script is floating around on some writer forums. Grab it if you can, it's an awesome read.

T9000 on Feb 26, 2009


Denzel is a badass...

????? on Feb 26, 2009


I am legend meets chronicles of riddick?

viral on Feb 26, 2009



Xerxex on Feb 26, 2009


no man, mad max meets the matrix

Darrin on Feb 26, 2009


#5 agree totally, the story resembles to bulletproof monk.

agentx on Feb 26, 2009


Mmmm... indeed, it looks like mad max meets matrix meets the postman meets six string samurai meets man on fire meets serenity... something like that...

Leiner on Feb 26, 2009


Where is your afro, AFRO SAMURAI!!!!???

David on Feb 26, 2009


Totally agree this is so AFRO SAMURAI.

Tyler on Feb 26, 2009


Denzel! Enough said..I'm there!

Bry from Chi on Feb 26, 2009


reminds me of the poster for versus...........

teyhtr on Feb 26, 2009


Blade meets I am legend, meets mad Max?.... F-n sweet!

jmoney on Feb 26, 2009


I heard this is being filmed here in Albuquerque, I wonder where...

Richard on Feb 26, 2009


Anything resembling a Mad Max movie with Denzel is something I gotta see! Always wished they made a Mad Max 4 but then again I don't ever think there was supposed to be a happy ending for Max...

?? on Feb 26, 2009


The more we keep making movies about the apocalypse the more we reify it's inevitability Hell, we might even speed it up

Jaf on Feb 26, 2009


Denzel + "I am Legend" style = EPICNESS

Fisherr on Feb 26, 2009


"I am legend meets chronicles of riddick?" -viral on Feb 26, 2009 Yes it has a black man/man with glasses, so OBVIOUSLY that must be it.

joel on Feb 26, 2009


Fallout 3 the movie anyone?

Ryan on Feb 26, 2009


This concept leaves oil tanker sized room for Bad Assery. Lets hope they fill it up!

Hand Knotted Rugs on Feb 26, 2009


hell yeah

Ray on Feb 26, 2009


Dude, the idea alone sounds awesome, but with Denzel it's elevated to bad-assery.

Alfredo on Feb 26, 2009


the book is a bible!!!!

Street B on Feb 26, 2009


Denzel is an awesome actor, but he looks like Blade in the picture with him and the samurai sword.

Jamie on Feb 26, 2009


they need to adapt David Gemmell's Jerusalem Chronicles books its along the same lines a man searching for Jerusalem in a post-apocalyptic hell

kee on Feb 27, 2009


fuck yes they do kee

Silver on Mar 12, 2009


WOW!! David Gemmell's Book "Jerusalem Man" meets Anime "Fist of the North Star". Jon Shannow is BADASS.

JerusalemMan on Jan 23, 2010


I've not seen the film, but please don,t let them f@#k it up. Jon shannow aka jerusalem man is an epic story that would translate to a fantastic film. No chance of that happening now since this film sounds like a story rip-off. Pleaser don,t let them f@#k it up

Paul Hartness on Feb 26, 2010

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