Moderator Kevin Polowoy assured the WonderCon audience Saturday afternoon that, "This is not your mother's Three Musketeers," a pledge that held true as the trailer was shown to director Paul W.S. Anderson's high-octane, 3D take on the literary classic.
The trailer, which you can view below, is loaded with effects, heavily produced with the special effects and green screens. Characters spin in mid-air, dodge blasts and leap from explosions in a 17th-century France that boasts some very advanced technology. As the teaser ended, Polowoy emphasized that Anderson's adaptation is “a lot damn cooler than the Charlie Sheen version!”
He was joined at the Summit Entertainment presentation by stars Logan Lerman and Luke Evans, who play D'Artagnan and Aramis in what the studio describes as a "reboot of Alexandre Dumas' story" (Matthew MacFadyen and Ray Stevenson are the other rogue Musketeers).
Lerman, best known for his starring role in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, revealed that the movie required a lot of physical preparation, "a lot of training -- fencing is tough." The actors trained for eight months before filming began, then every day during production.
The two discussed the film's 3D aspects, with Evans noting that,"we used Avatar technology." Lerman added that Anderson knows 3D, having directed Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D, and that he "gives you complete confidence" in the presentation of the effects.
Evans, who also appears in the upcoming Immortals, also talked about his character Aramis, describing him as former priest turned "Batman/ninja/Terminator" rolled into one.
Before a behind-the-scenes video was shown, Lerman praised his co-stars, saying that working with actors like Stevenson, Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom and Christoph Waltz made him work even harder.
The video introduced the crowd to the rest of the cast, and revealed a few new details about the film. One scene featured a large flying ship hovering over a castle, with large cannons firing in every direction. It was also mentioned that there were no stunt doubles, so you can clearly see the faces of the actors during the fight scenes.
Asked whether previous Three Musketeers films or actors influenced him, Evans revealed that, “No, the book influenced me.” The actor chose to make the role his own and not based on anyone else.
Asked whether this is the start of a new franchise, the actors suggested that fans just see the movie. However, Evans said, “If there is a sequel, no one is taking my role.” Lerman added, “Likewise.”
Lastly, Lerman described co-star Jovovich as one “ass-kicking Milady!” In response to her fight scenes in long dresses and tight girdles, Evans revealed, “Milla relished every second of it!”
The Three Musketeers opens on Oct. 14.