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Gerard Butler Replaces Liam Hemsworth In Sci-Fi Actioner 'The Raven'

by Oliver Lyttelton
May 16, 2013 2:25 PM
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For a minute, it looked like Gerard Butler might be done. The Scottish actor had never quite cemented his stardom since breaking through with "300," and had a series of painfull and gigantic flops in the last few months, with both "Chasing Mavericks" and "Playing For Keeps" proving to be box office disasters. But then salvation arrived, in the unlikely shape of "Olympus Has Fallen," the White House-set "Die Hard" knock off that proved to be a surprise hit, currently nesting just under the $100 million mark.

It was proof that Butler does have an audience in the right kind of picture, and Butler looks to be learning from the lesson, as according to Heat Vision, he's just signed on to the sci-fi actioner "The Raven." Thankfully unrelated to the John Cusack/Edgar Allan Poe train wreck, the long-gestating project began life as a short film back in 2010, and was quickly snapped up for a remake, with Mark Wahlberg, and more recently Liam Hemsworth, linked to the project.

It seems that the latter, who was only mentioned back in April, has fallen off, but Butler has replaced him in the main role of Chris Black, a young man on the run from a robotic police force. Original short helmer Ricardo de Montreuil is on board to direct from a script by Justin Marks and Michael Gilio, while Gold Circle are backing the project, with filming hoped to begin before the end of the year. So is it the next "District 9," or the next "Total Recall" remake? Take a look at the original short below, and judge for yourself.

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  • Joan | May 18, 2013 6:31 PMReply

    Love this look. With the lead with Gerard Butler you know you'll get a fantastic performance. He's at the top of his craft. Excellent actor.
    Go for it ill bring the GB fans.

    Wahey. Joan (hug) xxxx

  • Ross | May 18, 2013 11:14 AMReply

    Looks totally amazing. I'm sold. With Gerard Butler leading this could be another smash hit.
    Great stuff awesome.
    Joan (Hug ) xxxxx

  • Shala | May 16, 2013 2:39 PMReply

    Uhhh, isn't he too old for this role?

  • mollie brown | May 16, 2013 2:57 PM

    Films under go all kinds of changes from the original concept. They may decide that at 43 he is too old, but then, he is very fit, highly trained in many areas, and a natural athlete. He may decide on his own that he does not want to do it.

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