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Orlando Bloom to star in adaptation of Zulu

 

Orlando Bloom has starred in a few duds since leaving the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise ( The Three Musketeers anyone?) , but he may have a promising new project in the form of Jerome Salle's adaptation of Caryl F é rey's novel, Zulu .

Not to be confused with the Michael Caine classic, Zulu is set in post-apartheid South Africa, the story revolves around the Cape Town police department being thrust into the spotlight when an 18-year-old girl is murdered.

The media attention stems from the fact that the victim was the daughter of one of the players from the Championship-winning Springboks rugby team.

Djimon Hounsou ( Gladiator , Blood Diamond ) is also on board, playing the chief of the homicide branch where Bloom's officer is situated.

The script promises to delve into a murky world of narcotics and gang culture, touching on the lasting effects of apartheid. The project will certainly come as a relief to Salle, who'll look to distance himself from the disastrous remake of his film, Anthony Zimmer that came in the form of The Tourist .

There's no word on a release date yet, but expect it to arrive at some point next year.