May 11, 2010 / 1:57 AM / 9 years ago

Actors sharpen swords for "Musketeers" 3D film

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Paul W.S. Anderson is culling actors from rising stars to Oscar winners for his 3D version of the classic tale “The Three Musketeers.” The project is slated to begin shooting in September.

Logan Lerman, who recently played the title character in “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” is in negotiations to play D’Artagnan, a young man who leaves home to become a member of the fighting force of the French king’s royal household.

Ray Stevenson (“The Book of Eli”), Luke Evans (“Clash of the Titans”) and Matthew Macfadyen (“Robin Hood”) have been cast as three of the force’s best and most disgraced members: Porthos, Athos and Aramis, respectively, whose creed of friendship is “All for one and one for all!”

Rounding out the cast as villains are Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds”) as Cardinal Richelieu and Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen (“Clash of the Titans”) as Rochefort. Anderson’s wife, Milla Jovovich, has been cast as Milady de Winter, a former love of Athos who is described as “17th century Bond girl.”

An offer is out to Orlando Bloom to play nemesis the Duke of Buckingham.

Anderson is going for a contemporary feel with his movie, which will be in 3D, without losing the period setting. Summit is distributing domestically and is handling foreign sales.

The project is one of two “Musketeers” movies galloping toward production, the other being a version by Warners. Doug Liman came on board the latter as director in early April, and the production will also begin casting with an eye toward a fall start date.

The most recent “Three Musketeers” film was released in 1993, and starred Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O’Donnell and Oliver Platt.

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