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|Ridley Scott On Epic Roll
- Gladiator director takes on Alexander The Great
FRESH from the success of Roman saga Gladiator, Ridley Scott has decided to tackle another historic epic - this time turning to Ancient Greece and 4th century warrior Alexander The Great.
Scott will team up with Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis (Death Wish, Barbarella, Blue Velvet) with whom he recently worked on the sour-tasting blockbuster Hannibal.
De Laurentiis hinted that Hannibal star Anthony Hopkins would be among the cast, though not in the lead role. At 63-year old Hopkins is a bit over the hill to place Macedonian Alexander the Great, who, after conquering the Persian Empire, kicked the bucket at the tender age of 33.
"I would like to have big stars in the secondary roles, and get an unknown actor to play the part of Alexander the Great - a unique human being," said De Laurentiis.
The film is being written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Ted Tally, who won one of the prestigious gongs for his work on The Silence of The Lambs.