It appears that disaster movies may be making a comeback. Director Paul W.S. Anderson of Resident Evil, Alien vs. Predator, and The Three Musketeers fame is directing a big volcano disaster movie set for a February 21, 2014 release. Unlike disaster flicks set in modern times, this one will tackle one of the most famous natural disasters in human history.
Titled Pompeii, the movie will follow the events surrounding the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE. The bits of story revealed so far include a slave and the woman he loves, as well as a gladiator that becomes trapped in the Pompeii coliseum. The movie stars Kit Harington (Jon Snow in HBO’s Game of Thrones) as “Milo” and Emily Browning (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Sucker Punch) as “Cassia.” Other stars to appear in the movie include Kiefer Sutherland, Jared harris, and Carrie-Anne Moss.
The first teaser trailer for Pompeii was released this week. It begins where the movie will inevitably end, with the ash-covered forms of Pompeii’s dead. It then segues into the exciting parts, previewing plenty of fighting, desperate romance, and destruction.