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Stephen Dorff Joins War of the Gods + Possible Title Change?

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March 31, 2010

Stephen Dorff

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?

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  • FilmsterSalty
    Hell Yes!!! Sounds pretty Awesome... Can't wait for 11/11/11 haha
  • I'd actually like to see a film about Caravaggio, because he was such a great painter he got away with murder, literally and also some other horrible acts of violence and abuse. All smoothed over by the catholic church. I hope this film isn't like a cheap Clash of the Titans, that'd be a shame for Dorff to go to B-movie land. He was great in Felon.
  • Antoni05
    so a rip of god of war, so gonna be first in line to see
  • tir na nog
    Its just as well Cavill,the lead actor,looks like a male supermodel,otherwise they would all be in serious shit,right? Honestly who casts these things.
  • ben chacko
    i love tarsem singh and the fall was genius work in my opinion...i'm sold and excited to see more about this.
  • rtm
    You bet I'm interested, I've blogged about this flick since last July! :) I was kinda hoping for someone other than Mickey Rourke for the villain (I was hoping for someone like Brian Cox or Brendan Gleeson), and now B-movie actor Stephen Dorff is joining, meh, I agree with you the cast leaves much to be desired (except for Henry Cavill). But then again, ever since The Fall I'm a big fan of Tarsem. And his vision for this movie definitely sounds cool! To those who rip Cavill because he looks like a model, check out The Tudors and you'll know the dude can act.
  • tir na nog
    To 6.I love the Tudors,I did'nt realise he was the same guy,ya he's not a bad actor.
  • C.A.S.
    Im pretty sure Theseus never waged a war against the god in Greek mythology, that fact alone makes this movie sound like its just attempting to follow the success and cash that Clash of The Titans might rake in. if they wanted to make a half assed story like they are obviously in the stages of doing, why not just make the God of War video game to movie adaptation?

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