The “Legion” panel was part of Sony’s presence at Comic-Con ‘09 and the film brought out stars Paul Bettany, Doug Jones, Tyrese Gibson, and Adrianne Palicki, along with writer/director Scott Stewart.
So, the first official poster for the upcoming horror/action movie featuring Paul Bettany as the Archangel Michael holding a knife and a machinegun – armed and angelic, has been unveiled. Stewart had a great way to describe the movie: “Angels with machineguns.” Take a look at the poster below.
After a terrifying biblical apocalypse descends upon the world, the Archangel Michael is the only one standing between mankind and an apocalypse, after God loses faith in humanity. Michael, along with some humans in a diner in the middle of nowhere, has to protect the messiah growing inside one of the diner’s waitress.
Scott Stewart, a former special effects man, brought along an extended trailer for the movie, the first ever footage of “Legion” anywhere.
…We see Paul Bettany’s Archangel Michael in silhouette, his wings furled behind his back. Cut to Michael in the rain, screaming as he cuts off his wings with a knife. Blood pools in the rain and a runed silver collar falls to the floor. As he leaves he’s confronted by a pair of cops who try to stop him. Bad ass angel that he is, he takes them out with barrels blazing. Afterwards one of the officers is still standing, his eyes turn black and his teeth sharpen. It’s another angel who threatens Michael, “you can’t protect the child.” it says.
…Inside the diner, a heavily pregnant waitress serves coffee while Dennis Quaid stands by the counter. As the waitress pours for an elderly lady she’s asked when her baby’s due. Soon, she says. “That’s too bad, your fucking baby’s going to burn!”
…Outside, Michael pulls up in a stolen police car. Faced down by Quaid he snatches the shotgun.“They’re here.” He says. ‘They’, it turns out, are a convoy of cars, their passengers possessed by evil angels. We see a shot of the sky filled with flights of angels, all descending on the diner. “Are you here to protect us?” asks Quaid. “No,” he replies. “I’m here to protect her,” gesturing at the waitress. “Turning to her, he says “Your child is the only hope humanity has of surviving.”
…Michael ignites a petrol pump to use as a flamethrower, dual wields machine guns and faces off against Kevin Durand’s Gabriel – a hulking beast of an angel with huge black wings that he swings like scythes and wielding. The clip ends with Michael being asked “are we safe now?” “No.” EmpireOnline describes the trailer
The film will co-star Dennis Quaid, Kevin Durand, Kate Walsh, Lucas Black and Willa Holland among others.
“Legion” is scheduled to hit theaters on January 22, 2010.
UPDATE 8/12/2009/ Watch a red band trailer and Hi – Res images from the “Legion“