The first image from vampire action-flick Priest has popped up online. The film stars Paul Bettany as a renegade warrior priest (the best kind of priest) who goes on the hunt for the vampires who have kidnapped his niece. Sounds like a pretty cool plot right? The only problem is that it’s directed by Scott Charles Stewart who previously directed Bettany in this year’s abysmal Legion. Let’s hope that this time around Stewart provides Bettany a film that’s worthy of the fantastic actor.
Then again, it’s yet another vampire film and did we really need more of those? Sure, you get a great film like Daybreakers, but will we get another outlier with Priest. Again, I hope so.
Hit the jump to check out the image. Priest opens on May 13, 2011.
Click on the image to see it in high-resolution [via Bloody Disgusting].
Here’s the official plot synopsis for Priest:
Priest is set in a world ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. Paul Bettany is Priest, a legendary warrior priest during the last Vampire War, who now lives in obscurity among the other human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities controlled by the Church. But when his 18-year-old niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires in the desolate wastelands outside, Priest breaks his sacred vows and ventures out to find her and seek vengeance upon those responsible, especially their brutal leader (Karl Urban). Priest is joined on his crusade by his niece’s boyfriend, Hicks (Cam Gigandet), a local outpost sheriff, and Priestess (Maggie Q), a member of his former legion of vampire-killers who has otherworldly fighting skills.