May 13, 2011

‘It’s not a vampire film,’ Maggie Q tells MTV News, saying the comic adaptation can’t be labeled so easily.
We’ve had our eyes and ears on the movie “Priest” for quite some time now, from its comic book beginnings to its star-studded feature-film adaptation, 3-D conversion and new release dates.

With the film’s arrival in theaters only days away, it’s time to take an even closer look at this unique thriller. Directed by Scott Stewart and starring Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban and Lily Collins, “Priest” is the story of a specially trained warrior priest (Bettany) who must fight vampires in order to save his kidnapped niece (Collins).

Despite the words “thriller” and “vampire” being in the plot description, there is a lot more going on in this film. When MTV News caught up with the cast recently, we asked them to explain what kind of movie “Priest” really is.

“I think it’s really, a really satisfying mash-up of urban sci-fi, a little drop of Western in there, a lot of horror, and a shed-load of action,” Bettany said.

“We’ve been kind of going through that today: ‘How do we talk about this film? What do we say?’ ” Maggie Q wondered aloud. “It’s not a vampire film; it just isn’t. There are vampires in it, but vampires we’ve never seen before, so that’s even cooler.”

“I think what [Stewart has] successfully done is taken a whole mesh of different genres and come up with this new thing that really works,” Urban, who plays the villainous Black Hat, said. “It’s a postapocalyptic futuristic, sci-fi, Western- slash-horror thing.”

“We had seen pictures of the world Scott was creating,” Gigandet said when asked if he and his fellow castmembers were aware of how unique the film would look and how many genres would be included. “You get the feel from even the comics that we had looked at, and you kind of just get that sense, even when just looking on the sets, you know what world you’re stepping into, as well as the costumes,” he said.

“I was just going to say the costumes,” Collins added. “You look at his [costume] and then the priests, and then Maggie’s little leather getup, and I have a corset. I mean, you’re like, ‘What is this?’ It’s a blend of crazy. It’s epileptic.”

Source: MTV News

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