Legendary Pictures’ upcoming fantasy epic The Great Wall looks like a visually stunning and awesome film. I’m really excited about seeing it. The story was inspired by the construction of The Great Wall of China, and it involves an army of warriors battling giant creatures.
The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure.
Legendary Comics has announced that they will be releasing a prequel graphic novel that tells the events leading up to what the film entails. They also shared the cover for the comic created by Whilce Portacio.
The graphic novel was written by Arvid Nelson and artist Gian Fernando, and they offered the following synopsis in the press release:
What if an army was created to defend our world from an enemy so dangerous, its very existence must be kept a secret? Built to keep out the ferocious Tao Tei, The Great Wall is the most powerful defensive structure ever built; but it is the heroes within that make the wall great: The Nameless Order. Set sixty years prior to the film, in the mysterious lands of ancient China, tragedy forces young Bao into joining The Nameless Order and upholding the corps’ four principles: Discipline, Loyalty, Secrecy, and Sacrifice. Challenged by rivals, haunted by his past, and tested by desires, Bao spends his life preparing for one singular moment: when he will have to defend the world from ferocious monsters that have come to devour us all.
This should be a great way to lead audiences into the film from director Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers). The film has a great cast that includes Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Tian Jing, Eddie Peng, Numan Acar, Han Lu, Kenny Lin, and Zhang Hanyu.
The graphic novel will be released on January 24, 2017. The film comes out on February 17, 2017.