At last, Benjamin Walker breaks out of his presidential rut. The Hollywood Reporter says the star of the play “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” and the upcoming movie “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is in talks to join the cast of “The Great Wall,” a supernatural (of course) take on the construction of the Great Wall of China. Henry Cavill is already set to star, with Ed Zwick directing.
The idea for the film came from Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull and “World War Z” author Max Brooks. Cavill and Walker will play “British soldiers who are traveling through 15th century China and witness the construction of the massive project that will one day be the Wall. They soon discover that the Mongols it is intended to keep out are not human beings but terrifying creatures.”
Aliens? Zombies? Vampires? Sure, why not. It’s not like the Mongols weren’t already a pretty intimidating bunch, and I’m sure there’s nothing really interesting in the non-alien version of the history of the building of the Great Wall. As a warning, I just offer these words: “Cowboys & Aliens.”
Walker is currently filming “Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Fight” for Stephen Frears. Cavill has “Man of Steel” out next summer. “The Great Wall” is set for a fall start.