Walken to play Zeus in new film

July 5, 2011 at 12:09 PM
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NEW YORK, July 5 (UPI) -- Sharon Stone, John Turturro and Christopher Walken have been cast as Greek gods living in a brownstone in modern-day New York, the film's producers said.

Big Beach announced the cast for their upcoming feature, "Gods Behaving Badly," Tuesday.

The movie follows the classical deities as they cross paths with a young couple, Kate and Neil.

"The intersection of the Gods and the mortals threatens not only the couple's budding relationship, but the future of everything else," a synopsis of the film said.

Kate will be played by Alicia Silverstone and Neil by Ebon Moss-Bachrach. Sharon Stone is to play Aphrodite, while Oliver Platt will play Apollo, Edie Falco will play Artemis, Phylicia Rashad will play Demeter, Nelsan Ellis will play Dionysus, John Turturro will play Hades, Rosie Perez will play Persephone and Christopher Walken will play Zeus.

Production is to begin this month in New York.

The film will be directed by Marc Turtletaub and produced by his Big Beach co-founder Peter Saraf, along with Turtletaub. The screenplay was adapted from Marie Phillips' popular novel by Josh Goldfaden and Turtletaub. Caroline Jaczko will serve as executive producer.

"When I read the opening pages of Marie's novel, I immediately began seeing the movie in my head," Turtletaub said in a statement. "Marie's gods are like none we've ever seen before and her voice captured me immediately. It is outrageously fun and unexpected. And, I couldn't be more excited that this wonderful cast will be bringing 'Gods Behaving Badly' to life."

Silverstone and Walken have previously co-starred together in the big-screen comedies "Excess Baggage" and "Blast From the Past."

Big Beach's recent releases have included "Away We Go," "Jack Goes Boating," "Is Anybody There?" and "Sunshine Cleaning."

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