Benjamin Walker Joins Proyas' <i>Paradise Lost</i> As Michael

Alex Proyas' adaptation of John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost is probably going to be nuts. It'll be hard to say until we actually see something from the effects-heavy blockbuster, but it's off to a good start with Bradley Cooper playing Lucifer. Weird, yes, but potentially awesome.

Now there's word that Cooper will be joined by Benjamin Walker, who we'll be seeing soon enough in the Timur Bekmambetov-directed adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Deadline reveals that Walker is close to landing the role of the archangel Michael. Production will begin in January, with a release expected toward the end of 2013.

Proyas talked a little bit about his plans in an interview with Deadline. There will be three "major battle set pieces," in Heaven, Hell and Eden. Proyas admits that he previously thought it would be "insane" to pursue a project like this because "it's visually audacious and has to live up to a classic poem that is so beloved." In his mind, technology has now reached a point where telling the story visually is possible.

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