Rufus Sewell Joins Alex Proyas’ Paradise Lost


Rufus Sewell has joined the cast of Paradise Lost in the role of Sammael for Legendary Pictures.

Alex Proyas will direct the film starring Bradley Cooper and Benjamin Walker, an adaptation of the epic 17th-century English poem by John Milton. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce along with Vincent Newman via his Vincent Newman Entertainment banner.

Stuart Hazeldine developed the primary draft of the screenplay that was originally written by Byron Willinger & Philip de Blasi; Lawrence Kasdan provided a polish as well as Ryan Condal who delivered the most recent draft.

Paradise Lost tells the story of the epic war in heaven between archangel’s Michael (Walker) and Lucifer (Cooper), and will be deconstructed as a broadly relatable epic action that will include aerial warfare, possibly shot in 3D.

Sewell previously worked with Proyas on Dark City.

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