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WC11: The Three Musketeers Panel

Matthew Macfadyen as Athos (left), Logan Lerman as D’Artagnan, Ray Stevenson as Porthos, and Luke Evans as Aramis

Moderator Kevin Polowoy assured the WonderCon audience Saturday afternoon that, “This is not your mother’s Three Musketeers,” a pledge that held true as the trailer was shown to director Paul W.S. Anderson’s high-octane, 3D take on the literary classic.

The trailer, which you can view below, is loaded with effects, heavily produced with the special effects and green screens. Characters spin in mid-air, dodge blasts and leap from explosions in a 17th-century France that boasts some very advanced technology. As the teaser ended, Polowoy emphasized that Anderson’s adaptation is “a lot damn cooler than the Charlie Sheen version!”

He was joined at the Summit Entertainment presentation by stars Logan Lerman and Luke Evans, who play D’Artagnan and Aramis in what the studio describes as a “reboot of Alexandre Dumas’ story” (Matthew MacFadyen and Ray Stevenson are the other rogue Musketeers).

Lerman, best known for his starring role in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, revealed that the movie required a lot of physical preparation, “a lot of training — fencing is tough.” The actors trained for eight months before filming began, then every day during production.

The two discussed the film’s 3D aspects, with Evans noting that,”we used Avatar technology.” Lerman added that Anderson knows 3D, having directed Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D, and that he “gives you complete confidence” in the presentation of the effects.

Evans, who also appears in the upcoming Immortals, also talked about his character Aramis, describing him as former priest turned “Batman/ninja/Terminator” rolled into one.

Before a behind-the-scenes video was shown, Lerman praised his co-stars, saying that working with actors like Stevenson, Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom and Christoph Waltz made him work even harder.

The video introduced the crowd to the rest of the cast, and revealed a few new details about the film. One scene featured a large flying ship hovering over a castle, with large cannons firing in every direction. It was also mentioned that there were no stunt doubles, so you can clearly see the faces of the actors during the fight scenes.

Asked whether previous Three Musketeers films or actors influenced him, Evans revealed that, “No, the book influenced me.” The actor chose to make the role his own and not based on anyone else.

Asked whether this is the start of a new franchise, the actors suggested that fans just see the movie. However, Evans said,   “If there is a sequel, no one is taking my role.” Lerman added, “Likewise.”

Lastly, Lerman described co-star Jovovich as one “ass-kicking Milady!” In response to her fight scenes in long dresses and tight girdles, Evans revealed, “Milla relished every second of it!”

The Three Musketeers opens on Oct. 14.

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Comments

  • Palmer

    I’d rather have my mother’s Three Musketeer’s and the Charlie Sheen starring Disney version.

  • Trickster Puck

    I like the Disney version a lot, but the trailer for this one intrigues me. I’ll see it. I have room in my heart for more than one adaptation! Especially one with Milla kicking ass.

  • Black_Vulcan

    This sounds phenomenally more vapid and stultifying and pointless than any previous Musketeer adaptation, or Paul Worrisome Simpleton Anderson’s career.

    I cannot find the source, and may be corrected, but I have seen this attributed as Anderson’s comments on Citizen Kane : “Don’t get me started on Citizen Kane. It took me five sittings to get through that so-called classic. It’s all talk, talk, talk. When you sit down to a Paul W.S. Anderson film, I guarantee you will not be bored like that.”

  • Anonymous

    This trailer makes me laugh more than a typical episode of CSI:Miami. I especially laughed when Mila does a spinning sword strike like she’s in the Matrix. I hate the idea that because of MODERN feminism every single PERIOD piece like this, the Pirates movies, the god awful King Arthur movie, all have to have a woman kicking ass/fighting alongside the men. If you don’t want women to have old-fashioned roles in movies, stop setting them so far in the past.

    Ham-fisted political correctness is not the answer.

  • Acrid_Gunsmoke

    Or you could just not take fictional movie portrayals of classic stories so seriously.

    They’re called “movies” for a reason.

  • baseret

    what reason is that?

  • Noyourbusiness

    My interest is peeked. But I still love the 1970s version best.