Orlando Bloom and Djimon Hounsou Will Lead Adaptation of 'Zulu'

February 20, 2012
Source: ScreenDaily

Djimon Hounsou / Zulu / Orlando Bloom

By now, hopefully most of you have forgotten about the abysmal film The Tourist despite the drawing power of Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. However, audiences should seek out and remember Anthony Zimmer, the French film from director Jerome Salle that inspired the insipid American remake. Now Salle has found his next project and it comes in the form of another adaptation, this time from Caryl Férey's novel Zulu. In addition, Screen Daily (via The Playlist) also reports that Orlando Bloom (The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean) and Djimon Housou (Blood Diamond, Gladiator) will star in the adaptation.

The story follows two Cape Town police officers (played by the aforementioned actors)who investigate the murder of a 18 year-old girl who just happens to be the daughter of one of the players from the championship winning Springboks rugby team, bringing an insane amount of media attention to the case. As with any good thriller, there's more going on than there seems as the trail leads the cops to an extraordinarily brutal narcotics gang with links to a former apartheid official. Frankly, it sounds like the best project Bloom has done in years. Hell, the same could probably be said for Hounsou, an actor with loads of talent who hasn't really found the right film in awhile. Writer Julien Rappenau, who scripted Salle's films Largo Winch and The Burma Conspiracy will adapt the book, and it sounds like a very promising thriller from where I'm standing. It certainly can't be any worse than The Tourist.

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  • For a moment there I thought this would be a remake based on the movie that Michael Caine starred in.  Sounds interesting, especially since Djimon Honsou is in it.  We need to see more of him.
    • TheLaughingMan
      lol so did I but this sounds good too
    • Yup, saw Zulu and was simple about to give up. The fact that Ethan didn't even mention it wasn't based on Zulu makes me wonder if he even knows about it.
      • I don't need to mention that it's not based on the film Zulu (of which I am well aware) when the fact that this is based on the book (which has nothing to do with the film) is mentioned in the article and anyone who knows about the film Zulu will be able to tell that they are not one in the same.  It would have been extraneous information that wasn't needed to clear up any confusion.
  • For a moment there I thought this would be a remake based on the movie that Michael Caine starred in.  Sounds interesting, especially since Djimon Honsou is in it.  We need to see more of him.
  • ELeuvennink
    Ethan, it's "Springboks", not Sprikboks...
  • Machine
    it's Springboks, not Sprikboks. hahah
  • JBrotsis
    Yes...Djimon Honsou, one of my favorite actors who rarely seems to be seen in movies! Glad to see him on board for the film especially since Zulu is an african warrior and Djimon has always played great characters with an african accent (Gladiator....Blood Diamond the most)
    • JBrotsis
      woops, didn't read the text before i wrote the comment. Scratch Zulu being a warrior (though in history he is) but everything else still remains bout Djimon
  • Me
    Why do they still keep doing things with Orlando Bloom? If anything he's there for young girls.. his acting is awful so why is he getting roles like this? He's no Michael Caine! All for Djimon though he's fantastic!
  • South Africa needs to be explored more, I think it has a wealth of linacy still waiting to be dug up. Much like all the bodies it holds.
  • Tanyaisa
    Love these 2 men, and of course Angelina....South Africa is a passion of mine, I was speaking out against injustice in the 80's.....If you all need another guy to audition, please check out my client..Dakota Payne, thanks, tanya hawkins payne
  • Lone Crusader
    What is the relationship between 'Zulu' and Cape Town? There are no Zulus in Cape Town or its Western Cape province. The title is an overzealous misnomer desiring to exploit the famous Zulu name. It's surprising South Africans are quiet and not expressing dismay over this stupidity!




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