Don’t tell Precious Moments, but that terrible angel wave crested and crashed on the beach of pop culture a long time ago. Don’t tell Paul Bettany either; he’s set to play the archangel Michael in Legion, the feature directorial debut of effects guy Scott Stewart. It’s a Screen Gems project so don’t get your hopes up too high, but the premise is entertaining.

Via Variety:
Story follows what happens when God loses faith in humanity and sends his legion of angels to wipe out the human race for the second time. Mankind’s only hope lies in a group of misfits holed up in a diner in the desert who are aided by the archangel Michael.

Stewart penned the script with Peter Schink; the result sounds reflective of Neil Gaiman’s classic Sandman story ’24 Hours’ by way of all those right wing nutjob fictions that get made into movies with Kirk Cameron.

Bettany dons wings when the flick rolls in March.