Paul Bettany Bears the Mark of the Righteous in ‘Priest’


While on a recent visit to the set of RED, I had a quick conversation with Star Trek star Karl Urban about his upcoming role in Priest, a film that is of interest to anyone disenfranchised by the recent rash of teen vampire movies. It’s the kind of movie that puts the brutality back in the mix, pitting man against oblivion brought on by blood-thirsty vamps. After a few moments of Urban telling us about how much fun it was to play a very bad guy, my interest was piqued. Now I’m looking forward to Priest.

Which brings us to the first image from the film, which was revealed this weekend by Bloody Disgusting. Paul Bettany is rocking the mark of a man on a mission from God (which can be confirmed later by the Vatican, coincidentally). It’s not much, but it’s a start. Priest has a wicked premise, as you’ll see in the official synopsis below.

Official Synopsis: Priest is set in a world ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. Paul Bettany is Priest, a legendary warrior priest during the last Vampire War, who now lives in obscurity among the other human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities controlled by the Church. But when his 18-year-old niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires in the desolate wastelands outside, Priest breaks his sacred vows and ventures out to find her and seek vengeance upon those responsible, especially their brutal leader (Karl Urban). Priest is joined on his crusade by his niece’s boyfriend, Hicks (Cam Gigandet), a local outpost sheriff, and Priestess (Maggie Q), a member of his former legion of vampire-killers who has otherworldly fighting skills.

Priest will hit theaters on May 13th 2011.

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