The Book of Eli (2010) On the Set
E.T.'s Kevin Frazier payed a visit to the closed New Mexico set of the apocalyptic The Book of Eli with Denzel Washington, who battles his way across the desolate wasteland of a near-future America.
Denzel plays a lone warrior named Eli, who determines that it's his destiny to bring civilization back from the brink of destruction -- and save the future of humanity. Out next year, the film also stars Gary Oldman, Jennifer Beals and Mila Kunis.
The film is directed by The Hughes Brothers, Allen and Albert ('From Hell,' 'Dead Presidents'), and Albert says, "It's great working with Denzel, Gary, [Mila] and Jennifer, because it's basically like you get all the toys. Everybody's stepped their game up, and everybody's having fun."
Mila's character is the daughter of Jennifer Beals, with Gary Oldman as her stepfather, and she goes on a journey with Eli in a wasteland where there's barely any food or water. "The sun exploded. It's crazy," she says. "All the trees are dead, everything green is no longer there, there are no books, there's no literature, no education. It's the future, but imagine the future as of 2000 years ago."
Albert elaborates on the setting: "In 2030, there's very few pockets of civilization," he explains. "People are like cannibals; there's stretches of not seeing people for long distances; Denzel's character doesn't see anybody for like the first ten minutes until he reaches this town. He comes for water…"
- Posted: March 17, 2009
- Director: Allen Hughes
- Writer: Gary Whitta
- Studio: Warner Bros Pictures
- Release: January 15, 2010
- Cast: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis
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