Lord of the Rings and X-Men stars to direct fantasy action flick

the Lord of the Rings‘Sean Bean and X Men‘s Famke Janssen – who also starred in Golden eye – were cast in a new fantasy action movie Knights of the Zodiac.

Based on the 1980s manga and animated series Saint Seiya, the film also signed Pacific Rim: Uprisingis Mackenyu, Jumanjiit’s Madison Iseman, Fear the living deadit’s Nick Stahl, On my blockby Diego Tinoco and John wickby Mark Dacascos (via Hollywood journalist).

The original manga and anime, created by Masami Kurumada, follows warriors known as The Saints who gather the power of the constellations, defending the reincarnated goddess Athena against other gods determined to conquer Earth.

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Knights of the Zodiac was introduced as an origin story, with Mackenyu playing the role of Seiya, a street orphan who acts as the hero of the franchise.

Awakened by a mystical energy called Cosmo, Seiya sets out to conquer the ancient Greek armor of Pegasus and chooses a side in the supernatural battle for the fate of Siena (Iseman) – a young girl struggling to control her divine powers.

Bean, no stranger to fantasy with the Lord of the Rings and Game Of Thrones, stars as Alman Kiddo, a mentoring figure who recruits Seiya into the Order of Knights, an organization he founded when he discovered the reincarnated goddess.

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Tomasz Baginski (The witcher) will lead, while Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken (10 Cloverfield Way) wrote the most recent script drafts.

Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings fights coordinator Andy Cheng will also work on the film for stunts and fights.

famke janssen pictured in december 2019

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The original Saint Seiya The manga series aired between 1986 and 1991 and was later adapted into an animated series, which aired between 1986 and 1989, before continuing with a number of series and films.

More recently, Netflix rebooted the series with 3D animation. Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya.

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