Orlando Bloom Headlining Andrew Niccol's Sci-Fi Feature
by Alex Billington
February 5, 2009
Orlando Bloom is headed to the "near future" next in a sci-fi escape movie titled The Cross. Bloom will be joined by Vincent Cassel and Bond girl Olga Kurylenko in the next feature from director Andrew Niccol (of Gattaca, S1m0ne, and Lord of War previously). The $24 million sci-fi escape story, set in a border town, is about a man seeking to cross a mysterious border, something which no one else has achieved. Bloom will play the one trying to cross that border, while Cassel will play the guard who will go to any lengths to prevent him. Pre-production has already started and shooting will begin in July in Australia.
We haven't really seen Orlando Bloom in any major films since Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End in 2007, so it's slightly refreshing to see him taking on something like this. I'm a huge Gattaca fan, so if this "near future" sci-fi project is anything like that, then we might be in for something exciting. I really love the sound of this so far and think Niccol has put together a top-notch cast. Or at least the kind of cast that, like in Gattaca, can really stretch this film to the limits that it needs to be stretched in order to become something truly exceptional. Let's hope it isn't like the next S1m0ne or Lord of War instead, though.