Sydown, Postlewaite join Purefoy in French epic

PARIS — Max Von Sydow and Pete Postlethwaite are joining star James Purefoy in the cast of “Solomon Kane.”

Relative neophytes Rachel Hurd-Wood (“Perfume: the Story of a Murderer”), Alice Krige (“Silent Hill”) and Mackenzie Crook (the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) have also been cast, according to Paris-based producer-distributor Samuel Hadida, head of Davis Films.

Planned as the first in a trilogy, “Solomon Kane” is an epic tale of a 16th century soldier tormented by his past evil deeds, seeking redemption by battling a sinister power threatening the kingdom.

Pic is adapted from the pulp novels of Robert E. Howard, author of “Conan the Barbarian,” first serialized in the 1920s and ’30s.

Helmer Michael J. Bassett (“Deathwatch”) will direct from his own script for co-producers Hadida (“Domino”) and Paul Berrow, head of Epic Tales.

Shooting is due to begin in Prague this month.

International sales will be handled by Los Angeles-based Essential Entertainment and by Metropolitan Filmexport in France.

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