While I slept, news broke about the casting of V. I was pretty sure it wouldn’t be a big name. Anyway, glad to see things moving ahead full steam and several sites are listing a Nov 4th release date in the States.
Here’s the scoop, thanks to Sarah.
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – James Purefoy has signed on to star opposite Natalie Portman in Warner Bros.’ “V for Vendetta,” an adaptation of a 1980s Alan Moore comic book.
The futuristic tale unfolds in a Great Britain that’s a fascist state. A freedom fighter known as V (Purefoy) uses terrorist tactics to fight the oppressive society. He rescues a young woman (Portman) from the secret police, and she becomes his unlikely ally.
Andy and Larry Wachowski, of the “Matrix” films, wrote the screenplay, which is based on the 10-issue comic book by Moore and illustrator David Lloyd. The miniseries was part of the wave of comics that included Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight Returns” and Moore’s “Watchmen” and which heralded a new maturity for the genre.
James McTeigue, who was the first assistant director on the Wachowskis’ “Matrix” trilogy, is directing the project.
Filming is scheduled to take place in Berlin beginning in early March for a fall release. Purefoy most recently starred in “Vanity Fair,” opposite Reese Witherspoon. He will star as Marc Antony in HBO’s upcoming series “Rome.”