Orlando Bloom has a special place in the hearts of geeks all over the world because of Lord of the Rings. Screen Daily reports (via The Playlist) that the actor is hoping to gain attention from critics with his next role. He has signed on to star in a new dramatic thriller called Zulu from French writer and filmmaker Jerome Salle. He directed Anthony Zimmer, which was recently remade for US audiences as The Tourist, and was responsible for Largo Winch and its sequel, The Burma Conspiracy.
Julien Rappeneau is adapting Caryl Férey's novel, which tells the story of "two Cape Town police officers (Bloom, Honsou) who investigate the murder of a 18 year-old girl, the daughter of a member of the championship winning Springboks rugby team. The investigation reveals ties to the country's apartheid past in the simmering thriller." Djimon Honsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond) has also signed on to star. Filming is slated to begin in July.
Bloom was made to play Legolas in LOTR, but I did not care for him in Pirates of the Caribbean. Zulu sounds like it could be one of Bloom's most dramatic roles to date. Do you like Bloom in LOTR or the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise?