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.
i think this great news! One of my favorite movies are gattaca and the truman show so i expect allot of this movie!
avi on Feb 5, 2009
This sounds similar to "River Road", an unfilmed script written by Niccol which New Line reportedly paid $2 million for some time ago. If so, it's great it's being made.
meji on Feb 5, 2009
yeah this is great news
Scott McHenry on Feb 5, 2009
Sounds pretty awesome to me, as long as whats on the other side of the border is like freedom or something and not a stupid twilight zone twist were he falls off the earth, etc.
Richard on Feb 5, 2009
The Bond Girls seem to be everywhere nowadays.
Ryan on Feb 5, 2009
Bloom & Cassel...That i'd like to see.
Fisherr on Feb 5, 2009
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