Orlando Bloom And Djimon Hounsou To Star In Zulu

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-02-21 00:07:59discussion comments
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South Africa is quickly becoming a hot spot in the movie world. In the past few years alone we've seen multiple films set in the African country, from Neill Blomkamp's District 9 to Clint Eastwood's Invictus to Daniel Espinosa's Safe House (which was just released two weeks ago). Now a new project is in development set in the nation and it has just attached its two leads.

Screen Daily (via Movie Hole) reports that Orlando Bloom and Djimon Hounsou have both signed to play in Zulu, a new film based on the novel by Caryl Férey. In the film both Bloom and Hounsou will play cops who are assigned the job of tracking down the murderer of the 18-year-old daughter of a championship-winning rugby player. As the investigation continues, however, it's revealed that the reason for her murder has to do with the country's apartheid history. French filmmaker Jérôme Salle is attached to direct the film. Salle's last movie was the 2011 action/thriller The Burma Conspiracy, a sequel to 2008's Largo Winch (which he also directed). Production on Zulu is scheduled to begin this July.

It's really not surprising that filmmakers would find South Africa to be an intriguing setting. Thanks to the history of apartheid, the entire country is filled with stories that can be informed by a difficult and controversial history. To be honest, what's really surprising is that the racial policy was put to an end in the mid-90s. As for this project, so long as Bloom is able to come up with a better accent than Leonardo DiCaprio did for Blood Diamond, this could be an interesting picture.
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