Orlando Bloom’s career has taken a dip in the last few years since Pirates of the Caribbean 3. He could be back on form with his brand new project though. He has signed on to star in Zulu.
Now before we start, don’t confuse the title with the classic Michael Caine war film set in South Africa. You know, the 1964 Zulu they show every Christmas without fail.
This project is actually an adaptation of Caryl Ferey’s novel, Zulu. The story revolves around a Cape Town police department, which is thrust into the spotlight when the 18-year-old daughter of a professional rugby player is murdered.
Starring alongside Orlando and helping him solve the case, will be Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator), who will play the chief of the homicide branch where Bloom’s character will be based.
The film is to be directed by Jerome Salle, who has also adapted the screenplay. You might know him as the guy behind works like The Tourist and The Burma Conspiracy.
Orlando, who has reprised his role of Legolas from the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the upcoming The Hobbit films, has had a few flops over the years including Troy and his most recent release, The Three Musketeers.
With this project though it sounds like his career could be getting back on track. Before that Orlando will be seen in the Roger Donaldson financial thriller Cities, opposite his 2005 Elizabethtown co-star Kirsten Dunst.
Zulu is set to start filming this July in Cape Town.