Albert Pyun’s long gestating Tales of an Ancient Empire has been picked up for distribution by Liongate, but apparently the version we’ll all be able to see starting January 24th isn’t exactly the director’s own vision for the film so he’s decided to release the first 18 minutes of his cut for comparison’s sake. Check it out!
The sword and sorcery epic, written by Cynthia Curnan, tells the story of a princess forced on a quest to recruit the greatest warriors of the ancient world to save her kingdom from a demonic sorceress. But the odyssey to find them reveals a secret past for all.
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.
Other cast members include Sasha Mitchell (Kickboxer series and the “Step by Step” TV series) and Olivier Gruner (Nemesis), who 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. Pyun’s 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.
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