Stephen Dorff Joins War of the Gods + Possible Title Change?
by Ethan Anderton
March 31, 2010
Slowly but surely the cast of the Greek mythology epic War of the Gods has been growing and it sounds more and more intriguing. Now Variety reports Stephen Dorff (Public Enemies, Blade - seen above) will join Kellan Lutz, Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke and Freida Pinto in the Tarsem Singh (The Fall) directed film, which tells the story of Theseus, a warrior (Cavill) who leads his men into battle with immortal Greek gods to defeat evil elder gods of the Titans in order to save mankind. Dorff will play Stavros, a master thief who joins him on his quest. There's also rumblings (via SlashFilm) that it may now be titled Dawn of War.
Though it sounds a bit generic on paper, Singh's enthusiasm and talk about his style and approach to the film definitely makes it sound pretty killer. Tarsem explained a bit to Empire back in January of this year:
"It's turning into, basically, Caravaggio meets Fight Club. It's a really hardcore action film done in Renaissance painting style. I want to see how that goes; it's turned into something really cool. So it's a bit like Baz Luhrman doing Romeo + Juliet in Mexico; it's just taking a particular Greek tale and half contemporising it and telling it."
That sounds pretty awesome to me. But we'll be waiting until November 11th, 2011 (yes, 11/11/11) before we see it in theaters - as that release date was recently set by Universal. After all, this Renaissance painting presentation is going to take a lot of time to perfect in post-production and will be an effects bonanza not entirely unlike 300 or the new Clash of the Titans (due out this weekend). Though, I'll admit the cast leaves a little something to be desired, Singh is a fantastic up-and-coming filmmaker, and having him behind this project rather than another big name director makes it all the more intriguing. Anyone else interested?