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Ray Stevenson Opens The Book Of Eli
The Punisher joins Denzel's new film

02 December 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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This Empire correspondent has just returned from watching the wonderful Ray Stevenson shoot pretty much everyone on the planet in Punisher War Zone (this is NOT an official Empire review, folks; that will be along in the next month or so) – and he’s set to continue his homicidal ways by trying to kill Denzel Washington in The Book Of Eli.

The 44 year-old Brit has become the latest actor to join the sci-fi actioner, which will be directed by Albert and Allen Hughes. He’ll play an enforcer sent to kill Washington’s title character, a heroic nomad who must travel across a post-apocalyptic wasteland to protect a sacred book that holds the key to mankind’s future.

The more we hear about this film, the more we think it could well be very, very cool and, at long last, America’s answer to Mad Max. Certainly, Stevenson’s casting means that the film is now officially 27% more badass than it was yesterday – and we’re factoring the presence of Mila Kunis and Gary Oldman in there.

Shooting – hopefully, a LOT of shooting – will begin in February on the Warner Bros. movie.
 


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He was excellent in Rome, would love to see side stories regarding his character. Unsure of his role even the actual film The Punisher, as it looks ok from what I’ve seen but will have to wait like everyone else when it comes out. He’s a good Gaelic lad anyway so can’t go wrong… More

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Rome
He was excellent in Rome, would love to see side stories regarding his character. Unsure of his role even the actual film The Punisher, as it looks ok from what I’ve seen but will have to wait like everyone else when it comes out. He’s a good Gaelic lad anyway so can’t go wrong… More

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Rome
He was excellent in Rome, would love to see side stories regarding his character. Unsure of his role even the actual film The Punisher, as it looks ok from what I’ve seen but will have to wait like everyone else when it comes out. He’s a good Gaelic lad anyway so can’t go wrong… More

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Rock on, New Punisher! Not only he being the replacement of Thomas Jane and being a Vampire in Circle de Freak but now he's out to get Denzel Washington's ass! I think it's excellent that Stevenson has got so much talent and being a target for other big names and directors. He was brilliant in Rome and I can't wait for his next adventures, proud of him! More

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