Djimon Hounsou to Play Abdiel the Angel of Death in 'Paradise Lost'
With Bradley Cooper already set to play Lucifer and Benjamin Walker playing the opposing archangel Michael, the adaptation of Paradise Lost from director Alex Proyas and Legendary pictures already has its two leads locked up. However, that doesn't mean another great talent can't come abord the project as well. Variety reports Djimon Housou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond) is set to join the big screen take on the classic 17th century poem by John Milton, which revolves around the epic war in heaven between archangels Lucifer (Cooper) and Michael (Walker), including the latter's role in Adam and Eve's fall from grace.
In the film, Hounsou will play Abdiel, the angel of death. Wikipedia says, "Abdiel denounces Satan after hearing him incite revolt among the angels, and abandons Lucifer to bring the news of his defection to God. However, when he arrives, he finds that preparations are already underway for battle. In the ensuing fight, Abdiel smites Satan, Ariel, Ramiel, and Arioch, presumably among others." Hounsou has a commanding presence on the big screen, and it's great to have him joining such an intriguing project that promises to deliver a visual feast in its representation of this epic heavenly battle.