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Oscar winner Christoph Waltz joins 'Three Musketeers'

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Image Credit: Bob Charlotte/PR PhotosLast week, upon confirming the news that Bourne Identity director Doug Liman would helm a new adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas 17th century novel, PopWatch wondered about your desire for a fresh set of Three Musketeers.

Well, Liman’s musketeers will have to duel with another trio. According to a story in today’s Hollywood Reporter, director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) has been busy rounding out his cast of swashbucklers, fair maidens, and villains. Logan Lerman (star of the cumbersomely titled Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) will play hopeful Musketeer D’Artagnan, and Anderson’s wife Milla Jovovich will don a corset as Milady de Winter. Most tantalizingly, Anderson has lured Inglourious Basterds Oscar winner Christoph Waltz into the role of the Musketeers’ chief antagonist Cardinal Richelieu. En garde, Liman! Both productions are slated to begin this fall.

What sayeth you, PopWatchers? Will the dueling projects go head-to-head, or will one inevitably balk? Does the idea of Waltz in power shift your allegiance in Anderson’s direction, or will you remain loyal to Liman’s vision? As we wait, here’s a little morsel of Waltz at his ridiculous best.