McAuliffe ascends to ‘Paradise Lost’

'I Am Number Four' thesp boards big-budget biblical epic

I Am Number Four” thesp Callan McAuliffe is joining the cast of “Paradise Lost,” Legendary Pictures’ big-budget adaptation of John Milton’s 17th-century poem that will be directed by Alex Proyas.

Bradley Cooper, Ben Walker, Casey Affleck and Djimon Hounsou star in the heavenly epic, while “Rock of Ages” thesp Diego Boneta is being eyed for the role of Adam, the first man on Earth.

McAuliffe will play Uriel, one of the first seven archangels created by God. When Lucifer (Cooper) rebels against God and Michael (Walker) is named commander of Heaven’s army, the dedicated soldier Uriel becomes his second in command.

Vincent Newman is producing “Paradise Lost” via his Vincent Newman Entertainment banner, while Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are also producing.

Project, which will feature eye-popping aerial warfare that may be shot in 3D, will fall under Legendary’s overall agreement with Warner Bros.

McAuliffe, repped by RGM, Affirmative Entertainment and attorney Patti Felker, is currently filming Baz Luhrmann’s 3D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.” Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the title character and McAuliffe will be seen playing a young Jay Gatsby.

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