Djimon Hounsou to Play Abdiel the Angel of Death in 'Paradise Lost'

August 22, 2011
Source: Variety

Djimon Hounsou

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.

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fantastic great role for him

Bcopes11 on Aug 23, 2011


Getting more interesting by the post

ur_babys_daddy on Aug 23, 2011


He's one of the most beautiful black fine actors!

Jedibilly on Aug 23, 2011


Don't you mean the former's role in Adam and Eve's fall from grace. The "latter" as written would refer to Michael.

elwin ransom on Aug 23, 2011


In Milton's Paradise Lost, Abdiel is in no way the Angel of Death...wikipedia got it way wrong. He's an angel created solely in Milton's imagination, and only smites Satan during the battle. He represents Milton's desire to repent for his activities in support of Cromwell's gov't, because Abdiel is surrounded by evil but makes the choice to forsake it for good.

Calgary90 on Aug 23, 2011


This is excellent. I still re watch the performances of Viggo Mortensen as Lucifer and Christopher Walken as Gabriel from Prophecy!! If their performances and story are just as good and if the move does not devolve into a fucking CGI light show, then this movie will excellent.

kanesoul on Aug 25, 2011

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