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Orlando Bloom and Scarlett Johansson to Rule "Pompeii"

May 11, 2007 04:09:14 GMT

Orlando Bloom and Scarlett Johansson are reported to be in talks to topline Roman Polanski's historical tentpole "Pompeii."


Pompeii picture

Both have already soared as the hot, bright, young talents of today's Hollywood and it certainly will be such a delight to see them together on one screen, which is likely to be realized soon.

Yes, Orlando Bloom and Scarlett Johansson reportedly are engaged in talks to take part in historical thriller drama "Pompeii" that Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski is set to direct. Pic recently got picked up by Summit Entertainment to be distributed worldwide with RAI Cinema obtaining all Italian rights to it.

An adaptation of Robert Harris' New York Times best-selling novel, the movie will chronicle the days leading up to the destruction of the city through the eyes of a young engineer named Marcus Attilius, who is assigned to repair the greatest aqueduct in the Roman Empire. It already has a projected August start and is planned to be shot for five months with Polanski helming from the script he wrote alongside Harris.

UPDATE 05/12/2007: It has been reported that while Bloom and Johansson were indeed up for the film, they were unable to join in due to scheduling conflicts as the production on the project has been postponed until April 2008. Pic currently is being shopped at this year's Cannes Film Festival with an eye for a theatrical release in the third or fourth quarter 2009.

© AceShowbiz.com




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