Update on in-development girl-fight epic Magdalena

Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Pictures, producer of Marvels’ The Incredible Hulk, and Platinum Studios, have attached Jenna Dewan and Luke Goss to star in the feature film Magdalena based on Top Cow’s comic book character Magdalena, which is currently in development.

Jenna Dewan is set to play Patience, a young woman who discovers that she is a part of the lineage of female warriors descended from Mary Magdalene. Patience must accept her destiny in time to save the world from a supernatural evil. Dewan’s other film credits include her breakout role in Step Up, Take the Lead, The Grudge 2 and Love Lies Bleeding.

Luke Goss is set to play Kristof, an agent sent by the ultra secret organization that has been the guardian of the lineage of Magdalena. Goss co-stars in the blockbuster film Hellboy II: The Golden Army from director Guillermo Del Torro and the upcoming science fiction thriller Tekken based on the popular video and arcade game. Goss was part of the multi-platinum-selling British band BROS. and wrote a bestselling autobiography on his experiences with the group.

Gale Anne Hurd and Platinum Studios’ Chairman and CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg are set to produce. Gary Ventimiglia, President of Production at Valhalla Motion Pictures, who was instrumental in bringing Dewan and Goss to the project, is set to executive produce. Top Cow’s CEO Marc Silvestri (Witchblade, Darkness) would serve as executive producer.

Gale Anne Hurd most recently produced the blockbuster feature The Incredible Hulk for Marvel Studios. Valhalla is continually developing a broad range of projects, including Marvel’s Punisher: War Zone for Lionsgate and Sony Pictures which stars Ray Stevenson and is scheduled for release on December 5, 2008. Hurd has produced more than two dozen feature films that have generated billions of dollars of revenue. Her other credits include The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon, Aeon Flux, The Punisher, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines among others.

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