“Anonymous” star Sam Reid, who plays the Earl of Essex in Roland Emmerich’s period pic, has joined the cast of Alex Proyas’ big-budget adaptation of John Milton’s 17th-century poem “Paradise Lost.”
Legendary Pictures is backing the heavenly epic, which will be released by Warner Bros. under Legendary’s overall deal with the studio.
Reid will play Raphael, one of the lesser quartet of archangels beneath Lucifer (Bradley Cooper), Michael (Benjamin Walker) and Gabriel (Casey Affleck). Ever the skeptic, he warns Michael against trusting that Lucifer can be redeemed.
The Australian-British thesp joins a male-dominated ensemble that includes Djimon Hounsou, Callan McAuliffe and Dominic Purcell, as well as Diego Boneta and Camilla Belle, who will play Adam and Eve.
Vincent Newman is producing “Paradise Lost” via his Vincent Newman Entertainment banner along with Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni.
Reid, who’s currently filming History Channel’s “Hatfields & McCoys” miniseries with Kevin Costner, is best known for playing Prince Harry in Channel 4’s 2010 telepic “The Taking of Prince Harry.” He’s repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment, RGM Artist Group and The Rights House.