Variety reports that the final casting of Solomon Kane is complete and that the movie will start shooting in Prague this month.
The new Saint, James Purefoy, will play the lead in this first part of a trilogy series adapted from the classic pulp stories by Robert E. Howard, creator of "Conan the Barbarian.
Between this potential three-movie series and the new Saint TV series, it looks like James Purefoy will be quite busy for the next few years!
More about Solomon Kane:
Solomon Kane (created by Robert E. Howard) is a 16th Century soldier who learns that his brutal and cruel actions have forever damned him. Determined to redeem himself, Kane swears to live a life of peace and goodness but is forced to fight once more when a dark power threatens the land. Kane is a somber-looking man who wanders the world with no apparent goal other than to vanquish evil in all its forms.
Robert E. Howard describes Kane as a somber and gloomy man of pale face and cold eyes, all of it shadowed by a slouch hat. He is dressed entirely in black and his weaponry consists of a rapier, a dagger, and a couple of flintlock pistols. During one of his latter adventures his friend N'Longa, a black African shaman, gave him a voodoo staff that served as a protection against evil, but could easily be wielded as an effective weapon. It is revealed in another story, "The Footfalls Within," that this is the mythical Staff of Solomon, a talisman older than the Earth and unimaginably powerful, much more so than even N'Longa knew. In the same adventure with N'Longa, Kane is seen using a musket as well.
His adventures, published mostly in the pulp magazine Weird Tales, often take him from Europe to the jungles of Africa and back.