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Weisz, McKellen, Sarandon Join Colossus

Published May 22, 2006 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders.
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The Little Film Co. has picked up quite the dream-trio of thespians to go down to Africa.

McKellen, Weisz, Sarandon for The Colossus

According to Variety, Rachel Weisz, Ian McKellen and Susan Sarandon have joined actor Colin Firth in The Colossus.

The film, a colonial drama set in South Africa at the turn of the 20th century, will be helmed by rookie director Sean Mathias (Bent).

Mathias and Myer Taub wrote the script based on Ann Harries' novel Manly Pursuits.

The Colossus will give a fictionalized version of real events. The story will tell of a ornithologist hired to transport English songbirds to the recently deposed South African prime minister. He falls in love with a firebrand political activist and becomes entangled in a plot to stop the imminent Boer War.

The Little Film Co. is selling the $15 million project worldwide. Production is expected to begin this fall.

Rachel Weisz can be seen in the upcoming Darren Aronofsky film The Fountain and Ian McKellen can be seen this upcoming weekend in X-Men: The Last Stand.

Stay tuned for updates.

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