'Priest' trailer: Paul Bettany dons garments and armaments

Jeez, Hollywood, another ecclesiastical future-Western kung-fu dystopian vampire movie? Think of something original already! All right, maybe you can’t accuse Priest, this year’s quasi-religious Paul Bettany project, of being derivative. Based on a Korean manhwa comic, the film follows a Warrior Priest whose church does not believe in the continued existence of vampires, so he must battle the fanged menace himself with shotguns and a handful of crucifix-shurikens. I was raised Catholic and, I have to say, this isn’t exactly how I remember it. But I guess maybe I should have paid more attention in CCD. Check out the just-released full-version trailer below. 

What do you think? After this, Paul Bettany will have played a priest fighting vampires, an archangel fighting other angels, and a monk fighting Tom Hanks. Personally, I can’t wait for Last Rites, in which Bettany plays a bishop combating zombie elderly people, or Kick-Apse, in which he’s a martial arts-trained clergyman at a Gothic cathedral.

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  • Elizabeth

    Karl Urban…nuff said.

  • Judith

    Paul, I beg of you to go back to doing good movies again! Stop it!

    • ska-triumph

      Yessss. Thank you. I know the dude has yet another upcoming mouth to feed but he and lady Connelly (What’s wrong with Virgina, The Dilemma) are hitting toward the low bar. And I admire them, both as a couple & as actors.

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  • rees

    I’d try anything with Paul Bettany at least once. Especially if Christopher Plummer and Karl Urab are along for the ride <3

  • orville

    Paul Bettany and Karl Urban are two actors that I’ll follow through nearly any dreck. So I’ll give this a shot.

    • jmcg

      Ditto!

  • Lunna

    Doesn’t look particularly good, but it’s got Paul Bettany, so I’ll give it a shot.

  • Briana

    Karl Urban. I’m sold.

  • Carrie

    Yup, I’ll be there for the Karl Urban. Yum.

  • Leithen

    If I see this, it’ll be for one reason: Maggie Q.

    To be honest, I thought it’d already been and gone in theaters.

  • googie

    Shame. . .he’s a great actor doing garbage. you know what they say ‘garbage in, garbage out’!

  • name

    He also played a priest on the lam in 2003’s The Reckoning. Also featuring Tom Hardy as an actress (yes, an actress).

  • AT

    Karl, Paul, Maggie, Christopher, and Stephen? Cast looks solid and the post-apocalyptic setting looks interesting. It’s officially piqued my interest.

  • anna

    movie looks fun and interesting. and i’d follow bettany to the grave, so i’m IN! it”s got my attention for sure.
    anyway, bettany experiments with different roles, and tries different things, so who can blame him? at least he doesn’t just stick to one genre, the man’s interesting (and gorgeous)

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