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Djimon Hounsou news

Hounsou Boards The Blood Diamond
Source: Variety
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.


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