James Purefoy was most recently seen in Reese Witherspoon‘s Vanity Fair, but this time he is taking a turn to a darker fare as he has signed on to star opposite Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta over at Warner Bros. The film is an adaptation of a 1980s Alan Moore comic book that Joel Silver and the Wachowski brothers are producing for Warner Bros. Pictures.
The story is set in an alternate future, in a totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet. In a world without political freedom, personal freedom and precious little faith in anything comes a mysterious man in a white porcelain mask who fights political oppressors through terrorism and seemingly absurd acts.
Purefoy will be taking on the role known as V, a freedom fighter you uses terorist tactics to fight the oppressive society. He rescues a young woman (Portman) from the secret police, and she becomes his unlikely ally.
While the Wachowski brothers are staying out of the directorial chairs for this one they did write the screenplay, instead, James McTeigue, who was the first assistant director on the Matrix trilogy, is directing.
Filming is expected to begin in March in Berline for an anticipated November release.