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Brendan Fraser to star in WILLIAM TELL: 3D

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
May 6th, 2011

Because yeah, this sounds like a good idea.

Sarcasm aside, it’s true, Arclight Films has announced that Brendan Fraser will star as the iconic archer himself, William Tell, in the upcoming film, WILLIAM TELL: 3D. Anna Paquin is also in talks to join the film’s cast, with LITTLE BLACK BOOK director Nick Hurran attached to helm the project.

The film is being produced by Arclight, and will follow the legend who became known for shooting an apple off of the head of his son with his trusty bow and arrow. Paquin would play the role of Tell’s wife.

Here’s how the press release describes the legend:

“In the legend, Tell just can’t leave well enough alone.  The local potentate of the Hapsburg monarch, Hermann Gessler forces Tell to shoot the apple because he refused to bow before Gessler’s hat, erected in a town square.  Tell succeeds in cleanly (and safely) cleaving the fruit and wins his and his son’s freedom.  But Gessler asks Tell why he had two arrows is his quiver, and Tell replies he was going to shoot Gessler with the second if he’d missed.  Tell’s defiance of Gessler ignited an uprising against the Austrian government which led to the formation of Switzerland.   If confirmed, Paquin will play Zora, Tell’s wife and Schweiger will play Gessler.”

Personally, I simply don’t know how this sounds like an interesting idea. Fraser is an absolutely dreadful actor, and the last thing he should star in is a William Tell film. Sure, the idea of an archery film in 3D is kind of intriguing, but that interest is ultimately destroyed by the involvement of Fraser. If you think this is a good idea, please, let it be known, because you are a much more optimistic person than I.

Source Press Release

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  • The Itinerant

    Brendan Fraser isn’t a bad actor; the majority of movies he stars in are what’s crapping up his resume. I personally think he’s a terrific actor, but I haven’t the slightest idea why he keeps making these choices.

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