Karl Urban has signed on to play the villain in the post-apocalyptic horror thriller “Priest” for Screen Gems says The Hollywood Reporter.
Based on the TokyoPop comic, the story is set in a world ravaged by war between man and vampires. Paul Bettany stars as a warrior priest and vampire fighter who teams with a sheriff (Cam Gigandet) and warrior priestess (Maggie Q) to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece.
Urban plays Black Hat, the evil leader of the bloodsuckers who was once a priest and hunter but now fancies himself a god of vampires.
Scott Stewart helms from a script by Cory Goodman. Filming kicks off next week in Los Angeles.