Gary Oldman Opens Book of Eli

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Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) will co-star with Denzel Washington in Book of Eli, Warner Bros. Pictures’ post-apocalyptic action film to be directed by Allen and Albert Hughes, reports Variety.

Book of Eli revolves around a lone warrior (Washington) who must fight to bring society the knowledge that could be the key to its redemption. Oldman has been set to portray the despot of a small makeshift town who’s determined to take possession of the book Eli’s guarding.

Alcon toppers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will produce, along with Joel Silver and Washington.

Filming begins in February in New Mexico, with the movie set for a U.S. release on January 15, 2010.