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Dunst takes Iraq aid worker role
Kirsten Dunst
Dunst is set to reprise her love-interest role in Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man star Kirsten Dunst is to play US aid worker Marla Ruzicka, who died in a suicide bomb in Baghdad, in a new Hollywood movie about the Iraq war.

It will be made for Paramount Pictures after it acquired the rights last year, says industry newspaper Daily Variety.

Ruzicka, 28, worked in Afghanistan and Iraq trying to document the number of civilians killed or hurt by US forces.

The movie follows a glut of Hollywood films depicting the war in Iraq due to open over the coming months.

Films set for the big screen include No True Glory: The Battle for Fallujah, starring Harrison Ford, and Jarhead, starring Jamie Foxx and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Marla Ruzicka (right) with an Iraqi woman in Baghdad
Ruzicka (right) with an Iraqi woman shortly before her death

The story of Ruzicka's life was bought by Paramount last year.

In the deal the studio also bought the rights to a book by Jennifer Abrahamson, who planned to write it with the aid worker before Ruzicka died in April.

Marc Platt will produce the movie with MTV Films.

Ruzicka, through her organisation Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict, helped victims receive $10m (5.7m) in compensation from the US government.

Along with her translator, Faiz Al Salaam, she was killed by a suicide bomber targeting a nearby convoy of foreign contractors' vehicles.

Kirsten Dunst has just finished filming the title role in director Sophia Coppola's new film Marie Antoinette, and is set to reprise her role as Peter Parker's love interest in Spider-Man 3.

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