French writer Alexandre Dumas would be shocked by the 21st Century remake of his classic “The Three Musketeers,” but Director Paul W. S. Anderson pulls no punches to punch up this tale, according to a new 3D trailer.
The all-out action adventure thriller stars Logan Lerman as D’Artagnan, Matthew Macfadyen as Athos, Ray Stevenson as Porthos and way down in the credits Orlando Bloom (memba’ him?) as the Duke of Buckingham.
Honestly, though, the trailer makes the film look like an early 19th century version of the “Wild, Wild West.”
The television series, and later movie with Will Smith, featured all kinds of wild inventions that never crossed the minds of people who actually lived during that time. But that’s supposed to be all part of the fun.
Would you believe a flying ship?
Apparently Anderson left no trick untouched, from non-stop action to crazed demons to 3D, to give the movie the punch it needs to attract modern audiences, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
So no need to go beyond the Cliff Notes to understand Dumas’ classic novel. The story here is in the telling, which probably has Dumas spinning in his grave.
In any event, the trailer opens with a dark scene of some evil looking knight with an ominous multi-bladed sword blowing away to hapless gendarmes.
The musketeers talk about being surrounded by enemies and the coming “Apocalypse.”
The down-on-their-luck Musketeers must unite and prevent a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.
Despite all the gadgetry, the movie has a nice period look, as well.
The film is set to open in October; check out the trailer below.