There are two new The Three Musketeers films heading our way next year – and a first glimpse at them has been offered.

There’s often chat about movies being shot back to back but it doesn’t happen often and when it does, it’s usually sequels – Back to the Future, The Matrix, almost but not-quite Mission: Impossible. Rarely are multiple films shot together before the first one can be tested at the box office.

This show of confidence paid off with The Lord of the Rings, however, and Pathe must be hoping for similarly sound results with its own epic literary adaptations, the incoming Three Musketeers and Three Musketeers: Milady. These pictures have been shooting recently and are set for release next April and December respectively – at home on French turf, that is, with British and other international dates to be announced.

Premiere magazine, which is still a going concern in France, has a new feature on the films in its next issue, and the two alternative covers have been posted on its website. You can see them in this post too, of course. Just keep scrolling for that. But the full report, with more images and juicy quotes and all of those good things, will be in the magazine when it rolls out to French newsstands on 27 April. We’d recommend buying a copy if you can – support your local film magazine, and all that.

One of the covers features the titular musketeers, as played by François Civil (D’Artagnan), Vincent Cassel (Athos), Romain Duris (Aramis) and Pio Marmaï (Porthos), while the other features Eva Green as the… um… sequel-titular Milady. Who else?

Here they are now, look.

These big, expensive films will no doubt feature acres of CG enhancement but director Martin Bourboulon (previously responsible for Eiffel) and his producers are all proud of how much was achieved practically with huge sets, countless props and costumed extras and stars as far as the eye can see. If nothing else, we’re in for a spectacle. Or, as it happens, two. It would be lovely to see films like these in a gorgeous great cinema, wouldn’t it?

More on the inevitable UK release of these Musketeer movies in due course.


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