Vancouver, British Columbia (June 30, 2005) - casting has all but completed on director, executive producer Uwe Boll's video game-derived sword and sorcery epic Dungeon Siege, Producer Shawn Williamson of Brightlight Pictures announced today.
Based on the popular video game of the same name, Dungeon Siege follows the hard life of lowly Farmer on a mighty mission to save his wife and child. An unspeakably evil army is rampaging across the land, destroying everything in its path and focusing on conquering the mighty Castle Ehb, and vanquishing the King himself. This evil army threatens an otherwise ideal world of peace. Dungeon Siege is a passionate epic adventure, a solid heart at its core and story line that reveals more information and adventure with each passing minute.
Jason Stathman (Cellular; Collateral; The Italian Job) is Farmer (yes, that's his name), our hero. Ron Pearlman (Hellboy; The City of Lost Children; Alien:Resurrection) plays Norick, an old friend of Farmer's and his stalwart companion. Matthew Lillard (Without a Paddle/Wicker Park/Scooby Doo and Scooby Doo Too) plays Duke Fallow, the nephew of King Konreid, Burt Reynolds (The Longest Yard; Boogie Nights; Deliverance). John Rhys-Davies (The Game of Their Lives; The Princess Diaries 2; The Lord of The Rings Trilogy and his unforgettable role in Raiders of the Lost Ark) is the Merrick, the Magus, the court sorcerer. Leelee Sobieski (The Glass House; Max; The Idol) is Muriella, Merrick's daughter; Gallian is trying to sap her inbred magic by pursuing her. Kristanna Loken (BloodRayne; Terminator 3) is Elora (the Whip Woman), an enchanted tree-like creature whose support proves critical to Farmer in the end.
"We're fortunate to have such a depth AND breadth of talent on this picture," says Boll. "So many faces with great experience, talent and audience appeal. This picture's going to be a superb showcase for their talents."
"We are excited about the tremendous cast members who have chosen to join us this summer in shooting Dungeon Siege," added Williamson. "We are confident that they will bring the magic of this story to life."
With all this firepower, there are some choice parts remaining to be cast: Gallian, the antagonist, is a former Magus turned bad and has enlisted the Krug using magic to gain power. Duke Fallow has partnered with him. In exchange, Gallian would be future Magus when Duke takes over as King. Solana, Farmer's wife; Zeph , Farmer's son who is killed early in the story; Bastian, Farmer's brother-in-law and Solana's brother; and Commander Tarish, who gives all of the military orders for the King.
Based on Gas Powered Games' wildly popular game, Dungeon Siege is directed by Uwe Boll from a screenplay by Doug Taylor, David S. Freeman and Glenn Benest. The film is executive produced by Boll KG's Uwe Boll (BloodRayne, Alone in the Dark) and Wolfgang Herold (BloodRayne, Alone in the Dark). Brightlight Pictures' Shawn Williamson (White Noise, Edison) and Daniel Clarke (The Long Weekend) will serve as producers. Shan Tam (Rumble in the Bronx) will serve as line producer. The behind-the-scenes team will be led by director of photography Mathias Neumann (BloodRayne, Alone in the Dark), production designer Jim Steuart (The Long Weekend, Scary Movie 3), costume designers Carla Hetland (The Butterfly Effect, Unforgiven) and Toni Rutter (Man of the House), and editor David M. Richardson (House of the Dead). Tony Ching--best known for his work on House of Flying Daggers and Hero--just signed on to helm the film's action sequences.
Gas Powered Games was founded in May 1998 by Chris Taylor, creator of the award-winning Total Annihilation. Located in the Pacific Northwest, GPG is a short distance from Seattle, Washington. GPG is devoted to creating immersive, state-of-the-art games that push the boundaries of video game entertainment. The company's first project, Dungeon Siege was released in April 2002, with the sequel, Dungeon Siege II to be released in August. Dungeon Siege the movie is currently in pre-production with filming due to start this summer. Check www.gaspowered.com for more information on all Gas Powered Games projects.
Uwe Boll has had a tremendously successful career as a director, writer and producer. His films-all based on video game properties, include BloodRayne, Alone in the Dark, and House of the Dead.
A feature film and television production company based in Vancouver, BC, Brightlight develops, finances and produces independent feature films and television projects for the domestic and international marketplace. Company principals and producers, Stephen Hegyes and Shawn Williamson, have produced over 55 productions in the last 12 years and over and over 15 productions since the launch of the company in 2001. Projects include Bruce Sweeney's Last Wedding which opened the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival and starred Molly Parker and The Long Weekend a Canada/UK co-production between Brightlight Pictures and Gold Circle Films UK starring Chris Klein and Brendan Fehr. Also in partnership with Gold Cirle Films UK, Brightlight Pictures produced Jiminy Glick in LaLa Wood, starring Martin Short. The film was chosen for the closing night gala event. Brightlight Pictures Line Produced Edison for Millennium Filmsa and Emmett Furla Films starring Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, LL Cool J and Justin Timberlake. Brightlight Pictures also produced BloodRayne starring Kristanna Loken, Sir Ben Kingsley, Matt Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Michael Madsen which shot in Romania. Brightlight Brightlight Pictures produced Whisper in partnership with Gold Circle Films starring Josh Holloway, Joel Edgerton, Dulé Hill.
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