Actor James Purefoy got the lead role in Solomon Kane, an upcoming adventure fantasy movie based on the character of the same name created by Robert Howard. stars in the title role. The character Solomon Kane is described as a somber-looking man who wanders the world with no apparent goal other than to vanquish evil in all its forms. The movie is directed by Michael J. Bassett and is set for a release on October 28 in France, but no official release date announced yet for the USA.
Here below two movie posters of Solomon Kane:
“The movie tells the origins of Solomon Kane and is hoped to be the first of a trilogy of movies. When the story opens Kane is a mercenary of Queen Elizabeth I fighting in Africa, but after an encounter with a demon, The Reaper, he realizes he must seek redemption or have his soul damned to Hell. He returns to England and lives a life of peace, converting to puritanism, but soon the doings of an evil sorcerer upset his plans and he must take up arms again.”
Solomon Kane makes me think of a puritan version of Kwai Chang Kane set in the 16th century… And maybe because of his dark clothes I can but draw a comparison with Van Helsing… Well I don’t expect anything really new from this Solomon Kane movie…
Solomon Kane was created by Robert E. Howard in the late 1920s, long before Kwai Chang Caine, and certainly long before Van Helsing. Any similarities to those characters are likely to be coincidence, or because they were directly inspired by Kane.
While I can’t vouch for the film’s plot (which is not based on any of the original stories), the character of Kane is certainly old enough to be one of the original “holy avenger in a hat with guns” that you get nowadays.