‘Clash of the Titans’ Picks Up Bond Alums Arterton and Mikkelsen

Gemma Arterton Cast in Clash of the Titans

I can’t say that I’ll really be excited about anything involving this remake of the truly, truly brilliant Clash of the Titans until I hear that Phillip Seymour Hoffman has been cast as Bubo. While we wait for that, I’ll have to muster some enthusiasm for Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen and Alexa Davalos being cast in the project being directed by Louis Leterrier.

Arterton and Mikkelsen both come from the Bond pedigree – appearing as the red-haired, eye-candy in Quantum of Solace and the bleeding-eye, ball-torturer in Casino Royale respectively. Arterton will be playing Io – a priestess who plays a pivotal role in the film by bringing the Pegasus to Perseus and who, in mythology, was turned into a cow after engaging in sweet love making with Zeus. Mikkelsen will ride along Perseus’ side as Draco, the leader of the Praetorian Guard.

The Hollywood Reporter is also Hollywood reporting that Davalos – who just appeared in Defiance – will play Andromeda, the main love interest.

It may actually be the right time for a remake of this story, since it’s been over twenty years since the flick was first released (on the same exact day that Raiders of the Lost Ark came out), but part of me just doesn’t want to see anyone try replace the genius of what Ray Harryhausen did with what will probably end up being CGI. Maybe I’m not giving it a fair shake because I’d rather see Harryhausen with a consultant credit. Can you blame me? How ridiculously amazing was the Medusa sequence in the first version? Exactly.

I know there’s been a lot of speculation about this project, a lot of story details and more casting to work out. However, Film School Rejects can definitely confirm that Sir Laurence Olivier will not be appearing in this film since he died in 1989.

What do you think? CGI vs Stop-Motion?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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