Paul Betanny replaces Gerard Butler in the film production Priest. Film production for Priest the movie is going full steam ahead, and is scheduled for Cinema Theatre release in the UK on the 24th September 2010; in the USA on the 13th August 2010, and in October 2010 in the rest of Europe.
The movie film is a post-apocalyptic horror Western based on a Min-Woo Hyung comic book.
Gerard Butler initially accepted the role as a warrior priest who hunts vampires. However, Gerard Butler chose to later withdraw from the films production.
Scott Stewart the director for the movie Priest, have now appointed Paul Bettany to star in this movie. Paul Betanny is a British actor most famous for his role in Wimbledon, Iron Man 1, Iron Man 2 (filming) and The Young Victoria.
The film Priest is likely to be of great interest to anyone who loves Min-Woo Hyung’s Tokyo Pop Priest Graphic novel; horror / Vampire flicks & of course Paul Betanny fans.
Gerard Butler fans are disappointed that he is no longer working on this project. However his decision did enable him to accept other more exciting projects to work on including The Ugly Truth and Gamer.
Gerard Butler spoke about the production of Priest at the San Diego Comic Convention International 2006:
[Picture: Gerard Butler and David Wenham at the Comic Convention 2006]
“I believe it’s Santa Fe, I’m not quite sure. … This is actually … a vampire flick, but with a real western feel to it. So it’s kind of a really interesting idea..And it will be a kind of cool thing to be doing that in the desert…You Know what it feels like? It feels almost like a kind of Client Eastwood Unforgiven. That kind of movie. Somebody who’s had his day of being at his peak, and now it’s past, and yet he’s been called to have a bigger test than he’s ever had before. So it’s … Unforgiven, Mad Max, but with the feel of The Searchers, you know, the John Wayne movie]. It’s a bit difficult to throw all those movies together to give you kind of a feel.”
[Source: Gerard Butler Interview: San Diego Comic Convention International: July 22 2006]
Priest Movie Film Review Synopsis:
The story is based on a warrior priest who disobeys church law by teaming with a young sheriff and a priestess to track down a band of renegade vampires who have kidnapped the priest’s niece. Contact Gerard Butler