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Threat to Zeta's home grown film
Catherine Zeta Jones
Catherine Zeta Jones was expected to star in the film
Catherine Zeta Jones' Welsh film about a rugby club has been delayed and there are fears it may never be made.

The Swansea-born actress was expected to star in Coming Out alongside Alan Cumming as a gay cabaret performer turned rugby player.

However, the US dollar's weakness against the pound is causing financial difficulties for the project.

Zeta Jones has been working on the movie with her brother Lyndon for the past six years.

The idea behind the movie was originated by Ms Zeta Jones' brother Lyndon Jones.

He wrote the initial outline while his sister was making the blockbuster Entrapment with Sean Connery.

The comedy was to be one of the first feature films embarked on by Milkwood Films - the production company which was set up by the Swansea starlet and Mr Jones.

According to reports, the shooting schedule which was due to begin this month, has been reduced to 42 days.
We'll make it with Welsh actors. How's Christian Bale, and since it's a musical - Tom Jones? And with Catherine starring in it. How's Sir Anthony Hopkins playing her father?
Director Joel Zwick
The Hollywood star's agents have also warned that her earnings would be nothing compared to the multi-million pound deals she can now command.

However, Zeta Jones, who is married to Hollywood actor Michael Douglas is keen to keep it an independent production, rather than risk losing control by teaming up with a studio.

Alan Cumming was recently quoted as saying the film was "in some kind of limbo," adding that he did not know whether it would ever get made.

Despite delays, the movie is already being compared to John Ford's 1941 Welsh coal mining film, How Green Was My Valley, which won five Oscars and has been described as a masterpiece.

The director of Coming Out, Joel Zwick has told the New York Post newspaper that despite the problems he is confident the film will still be Welsh through and through.

"We'll make it with Welsh actors," he said.

"How's Christian Bale, and since it's a musical - Tom Jones? and with Catherine starring in it, how's Sir Anthony Hopkins playing her father?"

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