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Sir Ben Kingsley joins cast of BloodRayne film

by Daniel Bloodworth - August 12, 2004, 8:57 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

He'll be playing the villain role: Rayne's evil vampire papa.

Oscar-winner Sir Ben Kingsley to play Kagan, King of the Vampires in film adaptation of BloodRayne Video Game

Thesp joins T3 star Kristanna Loken Boll KG and Brightlight Pictures to begin shooting late August

(Vancouver, BC) – Sir Ben Kingsley, best known for his Academy Award winning role in Ghandi, and most recently for his Oscar nominated performance in House of Sand and Fog, has signed on to play the villain in the film adaptation of one of the most popular action-horror video games in years, BloodRayne. Kingsley joins "Terminator 3" star Kristanna Loken, who will play the film's heroine, BloodRayne.

The film is set in 18 th century Romania, where the film will actually begin principal photography later this month. The beautiful Rayne has a human mother and a vampire father, giving her superhuman strength, yet at the same time, allowing a softer, more vulnerable side to her personality. Still, she is driven by vengeance to overthrow her vampire father, who turns out to be the powerful and evil Kagan, King of the Vampires, who will be played by Kingsley. Kagan wants nothing to do with his daughter and is intent on bringing her to doom. On her journey, Rayne is befriended by two vampire hunters. Together, the three must combat the great Kagan before he manipulates the earth into darkness, with vampires ruling forever.

BloodRayne is written by Guinevere Turner ("American Psycho") and will be directed by Uwe Boll. Boll has recently raised $47 million through German film fund Boll KG 4, and this financing will be used for BloodRayne as well as other forthcoming videogame screen adaptations. The filmmaker most recently directed "House of the Dead," based on the Sega videogame, and "Alone in the Dark," starring Christian Slater, Tara Reid and Stephen Dorff, based on the Atari game. The first film was acquired by Artisan Entertainment; the latter has no domestic distributor as of yet.

The producers of BloodRayne are Shawn Williamson and Dan Clarke. Williamson is a principal at the Vancouver-based Brightlight Pictures which recently co-produced with Gold Circle Films "White Noise," starring Michael Keaton, which Universal Pictures will release in 2005, and line produced "Edison" for Millennium Films and Emmett/Furla Films, starring Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, LL Cool J and Justin Timberlake.

Of Kingsley's casting, Williamson said, "It is an incredible honor to have an actor of Sir Kingsley's caliber involved in our film. His talent and strength as an actor will help us create an outstanding cinematic experience." Kingsley's more than 75 film and television credits include "Schindler's List," "Sexy Beast" and "The Diary of Anne Frank."

From Terminator to Scary BloodRayne Chick

Kristanna Loken has signed on to portray Rayne in the upcoming feature film.

Terminator 3 star Kristanna Loken signs on as lead in film adaptation of BloodRayne Video Game

Boll KG and Brightlight Pictures to begin shooting in August 2004

(Vancouver, BC) – Kristanna Loken, best known for her role opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in T3: Rise of the Machines, has signed on as the title character in the film adaptation of the popular Majesco action-horror video game BloodRayne.

Loken will begin work on BloodRayne in August 2004 shooting in locations throughout Romania. As the film's lead, Loken will play the title character who is half human and half vampire, driven by vengeance to overthrow her father, Kagan, king of all vampires.

A former model, Kristanna Loken first caught worldwide attention with her role as the villainous T-X in the highly anticipated T3 sequel. Loken has also appeared in the feature films Academy Boyz (2001) and Panic (2001) and just completed Uli Edel's feature film Kingdom in Twilight.

Of Loken's casting, Producer Shawn Williamson said, "I loved Kristanna in T3 and am excited to see how she brings the character of Rayne to life."

BloodRayne marks the sixth collaboration between Shawn Williamson, principal and producer of Vancouver-based film production company Brightlight Pictures and German Director/Producer Uwe Boll. Boll directs the picture that is written by Guinevere Turner (American Psycho).

BloodRayne Director, Uwe Boll, said, "Kristanna Loken is perfect for BloodRayne. She is strong, tall, athletic, sexy – everything that BloodRayne is."

Loken is represented by Eddy Yablans at International Creative Management and managed by Miles Levy.

More Actors Join BloodRayne Cast

Michelle Rodriguez, Matt Davis and Michael Madsen have signed on to be vampire hunters.

MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ, MATT DAVIS & MICHAEL MADSEN BECOME VAMPIRE HUNTERS IN "BLOODRAYNE"

Actors join Ben Kingsley & Kristanna Loken in film adaptation of BloodRayne Video Game

(Vancouver, BC) – Michelle Rodriguez, Matt Davis and Michael Madsen have each been cast in the new film, BloodRayne, based on the popular video game of the same name, joining the previously announced Sir Ben Kingsley and "Terminator 3" star Kristanna Loken. BloodRayne is written by Guinevere Turner ("American Psycho") and will be directed by Uwe Boll. Shawn Williamson of Vancouver-based Brightlight Pictures and Dan Clarke are the producers.

Similar to the popular video game, the film is based on a sexy, supernatural huntress named BloodRayne (Loken), who is an unholy breed of human and vampire. She is an explosive force with gymnastic dexterity and has an intense lust for blood and action. Trained by a secret agency called the Brimstone Society which hunts down and eliminates supernatural threats around the globe, BloodRayne is confronted by the deadliest of all creatures, the powerful and evil Kagan, King of the Vampires (Kingsley). Davis portrays Sebastian and Madsen is Vladimir, two of the greatest vampire hunters. Rodriguez plays Katarin, who runs the local Brimstone Society chapter.

BloodRayne is set in 18 th century Romania, where the film will actually begin principal photography later this month. The BloodRayne video game debuted in 2002 and a sequel is set for release this October.

Rodriguez is perhaps best know for "Girlfight," though her other credits include "SWAT," "The Fast and the Furious" and "Resident Evil." Matt Davis has been featured in "Blue Crush," "Legally Blonde," "Pearl Harbor" and "Tigerland." Michael Madsen has extensive credits, including "Kill Bill, volumes I and II," "Narc" and "Reservoir Dogs."

Talkback

DjunknownAugust 12, 2004

And this involves the 'Cube somehow? The upcoming sequel isn't touching a Nintendo system with a ten foot pole.

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The filmmaker most recently directed "House of the Dead," based on the Sega videogame, and "Alone in the Dark," starring Christian Slater, Tara Reid and Stephen Dorff, based on the Atari game. The first film was acquired by Artisan Entertainment; the latter has no domestic distributor as of yet


gee I wonder why.....

NinGurl69 *hugglesAugust 12, 2004

Luc Besson should direct a horror film.

In other news, Sir Ben Kingsley was found by the paparazzi today in his house, trying to flush is Oscar down the toilet.

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