Screen Gems has released a new trailer for the upcoming big screen adaptation of the TokyoPop comic book series, PRIEST. The film is directed by Scott Charles Stewart (Legion) and stars Paul Bettany (Legion), Stephen Moyer (True Blood),& Karl Urban (Star Trek).
Bettany will convert you to the worship of smouldering crucifix-faced angst, vampire-hunting explosions and six-pack abs, judging from the latest trailer for next summer's Priest. If you played a spot-the-cliche drinking game on this trailer, you'd pass out. Spoilers. Despite the copious amounts of silliness and the I Am Legend vampires, it must be said that there's some nice imagery in this trailer.
So in the dark post-apocalyptic future, the priests are the only ones who can protect us from the vampires — but they think the centuries-long war against the vampires is over... all except for Paul Bettany's main character, who decides to go rogue in classic hero fashion. I love how in the part of the trailer where the voice-over says "You will be stripped," we see Bettany taking his shirt off. Based on the graphic novel series by Min-Woo Huang, the film reunites Bettany with his Legion director Scott Charles Stewart... and we all remember how well that turned out.
Here's the official synopsis:
[Priest], a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world — one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece (Lily Collins) is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend (Cam Gigandet), a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess (Maggie Q) who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.
The film also co-stars Karl Urban, Stephen Moyer and Christopher Plummer.