Gary Oldman is scheduled to play a badass warlord in a post-apocalyptic America in the upcoming “Book of Eli”, an action thriller that will star Denzel Washington as the titular Eli, a man in possession of a book that he believes holds the key to saving the world. My guess is that there’s a twist at the end, and the book will end up being the Yellow Pages or something equally mundane, but (supposedly) eloquent. Originally I thought it might be the bible, but Hollywood is way too anti-Bible nowadays to give the Good Book that much credence, so I’m going for the M. Night Shyamalan twist ending and say the “book” in question is something idiotic like a Yellow Book or, even better, a ragged copy of Playboy.
THR breaks down Oldman’s casting and the movie’s toryline:
The script, by Gary Whitta and a rewrite by Anthony Peckham, centers on a lone hero named Eli (Washington) who must fight his way across the wasteland of a near-future America to protect a sacred book that might hold the key to saving the future of humanity.
Oldman will play Carnegie, the despot of a small makeshift town deficient of standard necessities, services, and most noticeably, laws. Carnegie is determined to take possession of the book Eli is guarding.
This kinda reminds me of Kevin Costner’s “The Postman”, which I kinda liked, but then again, I was always partial to these post-apocalyptic movies. Plus, I had read the book, and thought “The Postman” would be pretty good as a movie. Not so much.
Gary Oldman can next be seen fighting ghosts in “The Unborn”. Brothers Albert and Allen Hughes are scheduled to direct “Book of Eli”.
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