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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

James Purefoy will wield the sword of Solomon Kane

Superhero Hype! is reporting that James Purefoy has been cast as the namesake character in Solomon Kane. Recently, Purefoy has been widely acclaimed for his portrayal of Mark Antony in HBO's hit series Rome.

In case you're wondering who Solomon Kane is, he's a creation of Robert E. Howard: the same writer who gave the world Conan the Barbarian and Kull the Conqueror. Solomon Kane is a 16th-century Puritan who is described as "somber-looking". Something like a cross between Cable from Marvel Comics, Jesse Custer from DC's Preacher series and Kwai Chang Caine from Kung-Fu, Solomon Kane wanders the Earth armed with guns and swords and daggers, fighting evil wherever its found in the name of God. His adventures have taken him from the streets of Europe to the heart of darkest Africa and he's battled everything from pirates to demons. Here's one classic depiction of the man:

Solomon Kane is a very cool character and for James Purefoy to play him is excellent casting! The movie starts shooting next month.