It’s the ‘supporting actors in big movies’ Casting Bits, with a confirmation of a report that surfaced last week, and two nice additions to big projects at Legendary Pictures. After the break, you’ll find:

  • Jonah Hill is confirmed for the action comedy Neighborhood Watch,
  • Rufus Sewell joins Paradise Lost,
  • and Clifton Collins, Jr. fights monsters in Pacific Rim.

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I talked about the very serious film Paradise Lost earlier today — the documentary about the just-freed West Memphis Three. But there’s that other Paradise Lost being developed by Legendary Pictures and director Alex Proyas. That’s the very loose adaptation of the epic poem by Milton that chronicles the break between Lucifer and Heaven. The film will be a largely mocapped, CGI affair with Bradley Cooper playing Lucifer and Benjamin Walker playing the archangel Michael. And now they’ll be joined by Djimon Hounsou as Abdiel, the angel of death. Read More »

Benjamin Walker, the star of rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, walked away from playing Beast in X-Men: First Class, only to end up in the title role of Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Now he is finishing a deal to appear in another big movie that will revamp an old tale. Only this time, the tale is much older and the scope is infinitely more broad: the actor will be the Archangel Michael in Alex ProyasParadise Lost, which already stars Bradley Cooper as Lucifer. Read More »

Last week we saw a few pieces of concept art for the planned Legendary Pictures version of Paradise Lost, which Alex Proyas will direct with Bradley Cooper playing Lucifer. The art shown at Comic Con isn’t online in high resolution at this point, but the company has released a new piece of concept art teasing the appearance of Lucifer. Check it out in larger form below. Read More »

For their appearance at Comic-Con this year, Legendary Pictures hosted a panel showcasing four of their upcoming films. Two of those were the fantasy projects The Seventh Son, Sergey Bodrov‘s YA adaptation featuring Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes, and Alex ProyasParadise Lost, which stars Bradley Cooper as Lucifer. (Click here to read Russ’ coverage of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, also part of the Legendary panel.) Read panel highlights and check out concept art for The Seventh Son and Paradise Lost after the jump.

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Most of the best filmmakers got their starts when another, more experienced, filmmaker took them under their wing. Famous examples include Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth (who was also mentored to a lesser extent by David Lynch), Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp, Roger Corman and everyone and next up, Shane Abbess has Alex Proyas.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Proyas will produce and “godfather” a film called Future Perfect which Abbess, an Australian director who almost did Source Code, will direct. Future Perfect focuses on an older man and younger girl, both genetically enhanced assassins, who are forced to go on the run. Think Hanna and The Professional meets Paper Moon. Read more after the break. Read More »

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Whatever contract Bradley Cooper signed with the devil to make his career blossom into leading man status just paid off in strangely appropriate fashion. Because he’s now the first contender to play Lucifer in the first person shooter — oops, sorry —  action movie version of Paradise Lost that Alex Proyas and Legendary Pictures are cooking up. Read More »

Alex Proyas (Dark City, Knowing) will produce and may direct AMP for Summit Entertainment. The studio just picked up the rights to the Daniel H. Wilson thriller novel, which is being called “a mix of scifi action and political allegory reminiscent of District 9.” The plot of the unpublished book, which will hit shelves in June 2011, features “a world where the technology designed to make the disabled whole, turns them into supermen.” Read More »

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The director of Dark City is ready to take a trip to the darkest city: Hell. Alex Proyas, who also directed I, Robot and Knowing, has signed on to direct Paradise Lost, a film based on the epic 17th century poem by John Milton. It’ll be produced by Legendary Pictures who has a production and financing deal with Warner Brothers. The screenplay was written by Stuart Hazeldine based on an original draft by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi. Polishes were also provided by Lawrence Kasdan and Ryan Condal.

The actual poem Paradise Lost tells several different stories dealing with God’s relationship to men, most famously Satan’s temptation of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Reportedly, though, this version of the film will focus on “the story of the epic war in heaven between archangels Michael and Lucifer, and will be crafted as an action vehicle that will include aerial warfare, possibly shot in 3D.” Can religion and 3D action mix? Hit the jump to read more about it. Read More »