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Casey Affleck to play the archangel Gabriel in Paradise Lost

09.23.2011

After taking some time off from acting to follow his brother-in-law around in an attempt to make some dopey documentary, Casey Affleck is ready to return to the big screen. He has a supporting role in this November's TOWER HEIST and now has added a big-budget action film to his list. Affleck will star as Gabriel in Alex Proyas' action-heavy adaptation of PARADISE LOST.

The younger Affleck joins the already cast Bradley Cooper, Ben Foster and Djimon Hounsou in the tale of Michael and Gabriel (Foster and Cooper), two angels from heaven who team up to take on Lucifer (Cooper) after he rebels against God.

The last time we saw angels fighting in an action movie was the unfortunate LEGION, which also features Gabriel and Michael (but in that film they were fighting against each other and possessed people). Proyas' version will stay a little closer to Milton's original text, or at least as close as you can hew to a blank verse poem from the 17th century.

It's kind of a shame that Affleck had been doing some really affecting work in movies like THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES and THE KILLER INSIDE ME and now, after returning to acting, is taking on big studio affairs.

PARADISE is prepping a January 2012 shoot in Australia (Proyas' home base) and Legendary Pictures is hoping for a big summer 2013 release.

Extra Tidbit: So now both Affleck brothers will have starred as battling angels in movies?
Source: THR

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10:37AM on 09/27/2011
They are not gonna top the TV show Supernatural which did this story. The guy who played Lucifer (he was also Jacob in Lost) was such an awesome Lucifer!
They are not gonna top the TV show Supernatural which did this story. The guy who played Lucifer (he was also Jacob in Lost) was such an awesome Lucifer!
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7:09PM on 09/23/2011
An action heavy adaptation of Paradise Lost. Everyone was waiting for that.
He seems like a poor cast for Gabriel, even if it is going to be an action film.
An action heavy adaptation of Paradise Lost. Everyone was waiting for that.
He seems like a poor cast for Gabriel, even if it is going to be an action film.
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11:42AM on 09/23/2011
Im excited for this movie but I think it was Benjamin Walker cast as Michael not Ben Foster.
Im excited for this movie but I think it was Benjamin Walker cast as Michael not Ben Foster.
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11:24AM on 09/23/2011
Sweet, another fantasy film about angels >.
Sweet, another fantasy film about angels >.
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9:52AM on 09/23/2011

Ugh...

I swear I'm the only one who can't stand this guy. His voice is like nails on a chalkboard and I think Ben is a better actor than him.
I swear I'm the only one who can't stand this guy. His voice is like nails on a chalkboard and I think Ben is a better actor than him.
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11:55AM on 09/23/2011
I have only seen A Killer Inside Me ... and I thought he was terrible, as was the movie.
I have only seen A Killer Inside Me ... and I thought he was terrible, as was the movie.
3:19PM on 09/23/2011
3 words: Gone Baby Gone
3 words: Gone Baby Gone
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