Immortals is a 2011 3D action fantasy adventure film directed by Tarsem Singh and starring Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto, and Mickey Rourke. The film also stars Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, Joseph Morgan, Stephen Dorff, Alan Van Sprang, Isabel Lucas, and John Hurt. The film was previously named Dawn of War and War of the Gods before being officially named Immortals, and is loosely based on the Greek myths of Theseus and the Minotaur and the Titanomachy.
It was released in 2D and in 3-D (using the Real D 3D and Digital 3D formats) on November 11, 2011 by Universal Pictures and Relativity Media.
Years after the Titanomachy, the King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) declares war on humanity. He searches for the Epirus Bow, a legendary weapon created by the war god Ares (Daniel Sharman), which will allow him to free the rest of the Titans from Tartarus and take revenge on the Olympians who brought about their downfall. In accordance with ancient laws, the gods are unable to take a side in the war between Hyperion and humanity. It is left to Theseus (Henry Cavill), who was chosen by Zeus (Luke Evans) and accompanied by the priestess Phaedra (Freida Pinto) and a thief named Stavros (Stephen Dorff), to protect his homeland and save the gods.
* Henry Cavill as Theseus, the film's protagonist.
* Stephen Dorff as Stavros, a cunning slave and master thief who joins Theseus on his quest.
* Luke Evans as Zeus, king of the gods, brother of Poseidon and father of Athena
* Isabel Lucas as Athena, goddess of warfare, battle strategies, wisdom and justice.
* Kellan Lutz as Poseidon, god of the sea and brother of Zeus
* Freida Pinto as Phaedra, an oracle priestess who joins Theseus on his quest.
* Mickey Rourke as King Hyperion, king of Crete and the film's antagonist.
* John Hurt as Old Zeus, an older and earthly manifestation of Zeus and mentor of Theseus.
* Peter Stebbings as Helios, Athenian soldier.
* Joseph Morgan as Lysander, the traitorous Athenian soldier who joins King Hyperion on his quest.
* Daniel Sharman as Ares, god of war.
* Corey Sevier as Apollo, god of light, art, music, healing, poetry, archery, medicine and prophecy.
* Steve Byers as Heracles, forger of the Epirus Bow.
This film incorporates classical Greek myths filmed using 3D technology, necessitating extensive post production.[original research?] Director Tarsem Singh said that he is planning an action film using Renaissance painting styles. He then goes on to say that the film is "Basically, Caravaggio meets Fight Club. It's a really hardcore action film done in Renaissance painting style. I want to see how that goes; it's turned into something really cool. I'm going for a very contemporary look on top of that so I'm kind of going with, you know, Renaissance time with electricity. So it's a bit like Baz Luhrman doing Romeo + Juliet in Mexico; it's just taking a particular Greek tale and half (make it contemporary) and telling it." The film had a $80 million production budget and cost "at least" $50 million to market.