Many things are happening for Albert Pyun’s latest film Tales of an Ancient Empire, and they are all good. The flick has landed some new players, some new eye candy, and even some solid distro. Read on for the details.
In terms of casting Pyun dropped the following on us:
Michael Pare plays “Oda”, father of Kevin Sorbo’s character – Aedan – as well as Victoria Maurette’s Kara (via Whitney Able’s Xia – the vampire sorceress). He also fathers Princess Tanis (Melissa Ordway) and Rajan (Janelle Taylor) amongst others. The film is about how Oda’s womanizing has created both the extreme good and evil in the world. And how parental abandonment colors each character’s life and behavior. And Sorbo’s character – Aedan – has a child with his half-human/half-vampire half-sister Kara – Hekate – played by newcomer Cazzy Golomb. Hekate narrates Tales and becomes one of the principal villains in the Tales sequel “Red Moon” – shooting in July.
Also added to the cast are Sasha Mitchell (Kickboxer series and the “Step by Step” TV series) along with Olivier Gruner (Nemesis). Sasha and Olivier play mercenary cohorts of Oda’s who stay on in Abelar only to arise hatred from the women in the palace for their jerk behavior and overt harassment.
My longtime collaborators Norbert Weisser (as Xuxia, Xia’s father) and Scott Paulin (as Toubou the Demon Priest) add a lot of humor and substance in appearances.
It’a a gnarly family tree that brings the world close to destruction. I think the relationships are fun and detailed. It makes the film more in the vein of HBO’s “Rome”. More character-based and less simple plot/action.
Mainly, I know the film is unique as we’ve strived the past three years to create something different and a bit off the wall … certainly an original and twisted take on the sword and sorcerer genre.”
The next screenings for Tales of an Ancient Empire will be at Combat Con in Las Vegas – June 25 at 7:30 PM at the Tuscany Hotel, then it begins rolling out across North America (with confirmed stops in Honolulu, Southern California, Detroit, San Francisco, Louisville – FrightNight Fest, and B Movie Celebration in Indiana).
Lionsgate has picked up the flick and will release it on DVD this fall.
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