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The Immortals

Greek mythology gets another chance at eternal life

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Henry Cavill in The Immortals

Henry Cavill in The Immortals

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"The Immortals" movie is coming out in Fall 2011, on a date that the producers hope will be auspicious for this new film taking on Greek Mythology - 11-11-11. It's Los Angeles premiere is a few days earlier, on November 7th.

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Directed by Tarsem Singh, the film stars Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto, Kellan Lutz, and Mickey Rourke. It was previously titled 'Dawn of War' and 'War of the Gods'.

Since it is exploring a somewhat earlier portion of the Greek myths, the cast of gods and goddesses is a little different than the most recent crop of Greek mythology-themed films. Rourke portrays Hyperion, a Titan from the previous generation of gods who is, in this version, impersonating Minos, King of Crete - not something drawn from the myths.

The King of the Gods, Zeus, gets two actors to portray him, in both older and younger versions.

Who are the Greek Immortals for the purposes of this film? While the Theseus story normally focuses on Ariadne, the daughter of Minos who falls in love with Theseus and assists him to conquer the Minotaur, she is omitted but her sister Phaedra is included. It's possible that Theseus and his 'Love her and leave her' approach to Ariadne in the main version of the original myth was considered not quite heroic enough for the purposes of the film. Phaedra has her own difficult myth to live out later on with Theseus, not included in this movie.

The Immortals is shot in an "enhanced reality" style - think "300", which came from the same creative team - and as is increasingly the norm, the Greek scenes are not shot in Greece but portray ancient Greek locations such as Athens, the palace of Knossos, Crete, Mount Olympus, and other spots. In most of the shots, Spain stood in for Greece. One shot from the trailer looks like it incorporates the explosion of Thira (Santorini) though that doesn't technically fit with the timeline. Hello, Greek Film Commission? Seems like there might be some missed opportunities here.

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