Despite beating the shit out of a bunch of “Twilight” fangirls, it looks like Cam Gigandet can’t get the taste of blood out of his mouth because according to THR he’s signing on to play a part-vampire part in Scott Stewart’s upcoming horror Western, “Priest”.
Adapted by Cory Goodman from a TokyoPop comic book, “Priest” is set in a world ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires and follows a warrior priest (played by Paul Bettany) who turns against the church to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece. I think I mentioned this when I first reported on this film, but why would the church be against him tracking down his niece and saving her from a murderous band of vampires? Does the Church have a list of things Jesus wouldn’t do and at #97 is “Save Niece from Murderous Vampires?”
Gigandet would play a half-vamp sheriff who teams up with Bettany to save the girl he loves who, hey, wouldn’t you know it, is the niece.
While I’m no fan of “Twilight”, Gigandet is probably making the smartest career moves possible after the film’s success. His character died in the first film so he’s not locked in to the franchise, he’s poked fun at the fanbase (although not in a spiteful way), and now he’s doing a diverse slate of films including “The Roommate”, a thriller with Leighton Meester, and “Easy A”, a comedic re-imagining of “The Scarlet Letter” with Emma Stone. Yes, those two films will probably still appeal to the teenage girl demographic, but he’s trying to ensure that he’s not humping tables for autographs at sci-fi conventions twenty years from now and I can respect that. While he is kind of playing a vampire again, I’m pretty sure no one is going to confuse “Priest” for “Twilight” unless Stewart washes the entire film in an icy-blue filter.