Hounsou Boards The Blood Diamond
October 14, 2005
According to Variety, Djimon Hounsou has been cast in the starring role
opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Warner Bros. Pictures' African thriller
'The Blood Diamond", which Ed Zwick is directing.
Jennifer Connelly is in talks to star as the female lead in the film,
which is about a smuggler who specializes in the sale of "blood
diamonds" in Sierra Leone circa 1999. Hounsou will play an African
farmer who inadvertently gets drawn into the drama, and Connelly would
play an American journalist.
The film is set to begin shooting early next year. Zwick and Marshall
Herskovitz were brought aboard the project to rewrite previous drafts
by Charles Leavitt and Charlie Mitchell.
Hounsou (The Island, Beauty Shop) is currently shooting Fox 2000's sci-film
film "Eragon", where a farm boy, in his homeland of Alagaesia, happens
upon a dragon's egg -- a discovery that leads him on a predestined journey
where he realized he's the one person who can defend his home against
an evil king.