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  Orlando to star in Trojan War epic
Updated 07 March 2003, 16.28
Orlando Bloom
Lord of the Rings actor Orlando Bloom is set to star opposite Brad Pitt in an epic film about ancient Greece.

The 26 year-old, who plays Legolas in the Rings films, will play Paris - son of the King of Troy.

The film, called Troy, will tell the story of the Trojan War, between the Greeks and the people of the city of Troy.

It's based on the Iliad, a mega-long poem by ancient Greek poet Homer. It's basically Lord of the Rings meets Gladiator, times ten!

Most beautiful woman

The war starts because Orli's character, Paris, kidnaps Helen, the wife of a very important Greek called Menelaus.

Brad Pitt, who's going to play Achilles
Brad Pitt, who's going to play Achilles
It hasn't yet been decided who'll play Helen, who's meant to be the most beautiful woman ever.

Loads of actresses have been linked to the part, like Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta Jones and Nicole Kidman.

Brad Pitt recently arrived in London to get ready for the film. He'll play Achilles, an ancient super guy who can only be hurt in his heel.

Orlando's film The Calcium Kid, which he shot last year, will be out in autumn.

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