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Bloom plans Sarajevo siege film

Orlando Bloom
Bloom played Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy

Pirates of the Caribbean actor Orlando Bloom has announced plans to co-produce and appear in a film about the siege of Sarajevo of the early 1990s.

Speaking in the city earlier this week, the 31-year-old said he hoped the film would be made in the Bosnian capital.

The film will be based on Fools Rush In, US writer Bill Carter's memoir of living in the city during the siege.

"I read the script and the very human story at the very core of this film spoke to me very clearly," said Bloom.

The actor, who made his West End debut in the play In Celebration last year, will not be playing Carter in the proposed drama.

'Wonderful'

"Hopefully we can get this movie to be made at the end of this year," he told reporters. "To come here and shoot would be just wonderful."

If made, the film will be directed by Brazilian Andrucha Waddington and produced by the American Elliott Lewitt.

Crew members met this week with Sarajevo's mayor, who promised financial and other support for the film.

Thousands died in the siege between 1992 and 1996, which saw the beleaguered city suffer a constant barrage by Bosnian Serb forces.


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