According to Deadline Legendary Pictures is in talks with Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) to play the archangel Michael in Paradise Lost, an action epic inspired by the John Milton poem.
Alex Proyas (I, Robot) is directing and the movie follows Michael, an archangel engaged in an epic battle of good and evil with Lucifer (Bradley Cooper), who mounts an army after after he is cast out of heaven.
Proyas told Deadline that Benjamin Walker’s deal isn’t complete yet, but he thinks “he’s got two actors who’ll represent the good vs. evil battle.”
“It’s not just armies battling in an epic war,” Proyas told me. “This is an adventure about the origins of good and evil after Lucifer’s rebellion gets him cast out of Heaven and leads to a struggle with his brother archangel over the soul of mankind, starting with Adam and Eve. That is the scope of the narrative here, and we’ve tried to say as faithful as possible to Milton’s text, particularly its focus on Lucifer’s evolution and the birth of evil. It’s a family saga, about a group of brothers, two in particular, who are on divergent paths, and Lucifer’s feelings of betrayal by his father and family that forge his descent into evil.”
There are said to be three epic battles in the story. One that takes place in Heaven, another in Hell, and a third in Eden. Proyas said he thinks only “an insane person would want to make this movie”, but he’s currently prepping the film in Australia ready for an early 2012 shoot.