When we first reported on Priest back in January, all of the behind-the-scenes folks were already in place, including producer Sam Raimi, first-time screenwriter Cory Goodman, and director Andrew Douglas. All that was missing was the on-screen talent, and The Hollywood Reporter revealed this morning that the movie now has its stars (or will have them shortly). The Phantom of the Opera/Spartan kingGerard Butler is in negotiations to play the title character, while Steven Strait is expected to play his partner, a lawman.

Not to be confused with the angst-filled Linus Roacheflick of the same name, Priest is based on a Korean comic book series, and tells the story of "a warrior priest (Butler) who disobeys church law by teaming with a young sheriff (Strait) and a priestess to track down a band of renegade vampires who have kidnapped the priest's niece." The odd thing about all of this is that no one mentions that the priest is dead, something that seemed very central to the story in the review I read back when the news of the deal first came out. Anyone familiar with the comic series want to help us out? Please?

The movie is expected to start shooting in Mexico this fall, and will be distributed by Sony.
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