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Rufus Sewell To Play Samael In 'Paradise Lost'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 7, 2011 at 4:38PM

Even though he once said, "[I] don't want to play a baddie again," Rufus Sewell seems to have accepted his fate as the go to villain. He's known for playing a string of bad guys in movies ranging from "A Knight's Tale," "Legend Of Zorro" and "The Illusionist" and he's already signed to be one of the main vampire villains in next summer's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." But now, he's set to literally hang with the devil.
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Rufus Sewell To Play Samael In 'Paradise Lost'

Even though he once said, "[I] don't want to play a baddie again," Rufus Sewell seems to have accepted his fate as the go to villain. He's known for playing a string of bad guys in movies ranging from "A Knight's Tale," "Legend Of Zorro" and "The Illusionist" and he's already signed to be one of the main vampire villains in next summer's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." But now, he's set to literally hang with the devil.

With production gearing up soon, Alex Proyas continues to fill in the slots for "Paradise Lost" and Variety reports he's cast his "Dark City" star Sewell as Samael, Lucifer's buddy who urges him to take on heaven in a biblical battle royale. The big-budget, special effects-driven tentpole flick, will bring to life Milton’s masterpiece on the big screen, focusing on the epic battle between Michael (Benjamin Walker) and Lucifer (Bradey Cooper). Djimon Honsou plays Abdiel, the angel of death, while Casey Affleck will get in touch with his heavenly side as Gabriel, God’s six-winged messenger and angel. Camilla Belle will be Eve, with Callan McAuliffe as Uriel, one of the seven archangels, who becomes Michael’s second-in-command in Heaven’s army; Dominic Purcell as Moloch and Sam Reid as Raphael.

The massive production will take place in Australia and will get under way in late 2011/early 2012, and due to all the digital effects work and wow factor stuff they're packing into this, it won’t hit your local multiplex until the tail end of 2013.


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