Christopher Walken cast as modern day Zeus in 'Gods Behaving Badly' | EW.com

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Christopher Walken cast as modern day Zeus in 'Gods Behaving Badly'

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Greek mythology was tailor-made to be endlessly reinterpreted on the big screen, but it’s probably safe to say that a modern day, blue collar Zeus played by Christopher Walken will be a welcome new take on the genre. Walken joins an impressive gaggle of stars in the film adaptation of Marie Phillips’ novel, set in a New York City brownstone where the fallen and downtrodden gods are being forced to live and work like the rest of us.

Big Beach Films confirmed its full list of stars-as-gods via release on Tuesday, with shooting slated to begin mid-July. The Marc Turtletaub directed film will also star Sharon Stone as Aphrodite, Oliver Platt as Apollo, Edie Falco as Artemis, Phylicia Rashad as Demeter, Gideon Glick as Eros, John Turturro as Hades, Henry Zebrowski as Hermes, Rosie Perez as Persephone, and True Blood’s flamboyant fry cook Nelsan Ellis as Dionysus.

Think this cast couldn’t get more randomly awesome? As if! 90’s queen Alicia Silverstone will also star as a true mortal whose life becomes intertwined with the dysfunctional deities.