The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, also promoted as LXG, is a 2003 adventure film loosely based on the first volume of the comic book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore and Kevin ONeill. It was released on July 11, 2003, in the United States, and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Stephen Norrington and starred Sean Connery, Naseeruddin Shah, Peta Wilson, Tony Curran, Stuart Townsend, Shane West, Jason Flemyng, and Richard Roxburgh.
In 1899, men dressed as German soldiers, using a large armored vehicle and wielding machine guns, attack the Bank of England and steal Leonardo da Vincis layouts of Venices foundations. Shortly thereafter, led by their leader the Fantom, men dressed as British officers, again using highly advanced technology for the time, kidnap German scientists and destroy a factory, causing tension between the United Kingdom and Germany. Sanderson Reed Tom GoodmanHill of the British Empire ventures to Kenya, visiting a Gentlemans club to recruit worldrenowned hunter and adventurer Allan Quatermain Sean Connery. Quatermain, retired and mourning the loss of his son after his last adventure, has no interest in serving the British Empire further. After armed men attempt to assassinate Quatermain, he is left with noother choice but to agree to go with Reed to London and meet with Reeds superior officer to help keep the threat of a war from spilling into Africa.In London, Quatermain meets M Richard Roxburgh, Reeds superior officer, who explains that the Fantom plans to destroy Venice to prevent a meeting between the leaders of the world, his ultimate goal being to start a war on a worldsized scale and arms race to profit from sale of his weapons. To combat the Fantom, a team of unique individuals, known as the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, is being assembled consisting of Quatermain himself, Captain Nemo Naseeruddin Shah, chemist and VampireDaywalkerDhampir Mina Harker Peta Wilson, and invisible thief Rodney Skinner Tony Curran. M sends the group to recruit their fifth member, immortal Dorian Gray Stuart Townsend, who remains youthful while a currently missing portrait of himself ages. Despite Dorians past infatuation with Mina, he refuses to join the team. The Fantom and his assassins attack, but thanks to the presence of U.S. Secret Service Agent Tom Sawyer Shane West the assassins are defeated, although the Fantom escapes. Dorian and Sawyer join the team and set off in Captai