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Orlando Bloom Set For Zulu
Alongside Djimon Hounsou

21 February 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Screen Daily

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Orlando Bloom Set For Zulu

Orlando Bloom hasn’t exactly had the best time of it at the multiplex in recent years. After his successful run in the Lord Of The Rings and Pirates Of The Caribbean franchises ended, he’s had a few decent films, but nothing quite so mega. So he’ll likely be hoping for better things with Jerome Salle’s Zulu, which finds him teaming up with Djimon Hounsou. It's not to be confused with the Michael Caine classic, however.

Salle, who directed Anthony Zimmer (badly remade as The Tourist) and The Burma Conspiracy, has worked with regular co-writer Julien Rappeneau to adapt Caryl Ferey’s novel, set in post-Apartheid South Africa.

Bloom and Hounsou will play a pair of South African coppers who investigate crimes including the murder of 18-year-old Nicole Wiese, the daughter of a championship Springbok rugby player. Suffice to say, things just get darker from there.

Zulu is set to start filming in Cape Town this July. Bloom, who was last seen camping it up as the bad guy in The Three Musketeers, is getting set to appear in Roger Donaldson’s thriller Cities and will also feature as Legolas in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which arrives here on December 14. Hounsou, meanwhile, had been gearing up to act in Paradise Lost, but his schedule is a little clearer now that is back in limbo...

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RE: Orlando Bloom Set For Zulu
I happen to think Bloom was well cast in LOTR and he sure made me laugh on EXTRAS, but in general I find him to be rather insufferable, and he nearly ruined KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, something I'll never be able to overlook. I'll admit I've not yet seen THREE MUSKETEERS, but in general his casting is never a good sign, as far as I'm concerned. Last but not least, I too am glad they're not attempting to 'reboot' ZULU, though I am sad that they've missed out on the opportunity to reteam DiCaprio a More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 05:47 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

Phew! That was close. They could never remake the original. The cast and John Barry's awesome score made that film unique. Can't be topped. More

Posted by steveg66 at 20:09 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

I got rather excited reading the title, assuming this was the long mooted remake to be told from the Zulus perspective that has been floating around for ages. Sadly not. More

Posted by Spaldron at 15:16 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

L: Whistler I was thinking the same thing. e too; I was literally just about to get all Hulk on the Empire website...although I do wonder how Bloom still manages to get work (although until Danny Dyer retires he won't be the worst actor in the world I guess) More

Posted by waltham1979 at 08:51 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

I was thinking the same thing. More

Posted by Whistler at 08:01 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

I'm just relieved , , ,
. . . it's not a remake. More

Posted by badsanta at 04:42 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

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