FilmDistrict has unveiled three new photos from Pompeii, featuring stars Kiefer Sutherland, Kit Harington, Emily Browning and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Kit Harington stars as an enslaved gladiator named Milo, who races to save the woman he loves (Emily Browning) before she can marry a nefarious senator (Kiefer Sutherland), just days before Mount Vesuvius' eruption in 79 A.D. Take a look at these photos, then read on for more details from Kiefer Sutherland.
Kiefer Sutherland first spoke about the epic scope of director Paul W.S. Anderson's production.
"It's been a long time since I did a movie this big in scope. There are amazing computer effects, but only a third of the set was green screen. The rest was huge props, big sets, elaborate costumes, which I love."
While the film has been drawing comparisons to 300, the actor revealed that they are completely different projects.
"I loved that movie, but this isn't a fantastically stylized film. This is a look at a real society. They had plumbing, running water, culture. Pompeii was at the forefront of modern civilization."
The actual volcanic eruption in 79 A.D. essentially wiped out the whole city of Pompeii, claiming over 16,000 lives. Despite the historical setting, Kiefer Sutherland said he believes the movie is relevant to today's audiences.
"Pompeii is unbelievably relevant. I've seen more natural disasters in the last five years than I have in my entire life. (The film) isn't a history lesson, but it raises real issues that I think are worth discussing. It could happen again."