Orlando Bloom and Djimon Hounsou are set to lead Jerome Salle‘s crime thriller Zulu. Not to be confused with the 1964 Michael Caine movie of the same name, Zulu is based on the novel by Caryl Férey and centers on two Cape Town cops (Bloom, Hounsou) who are called in to investigate the murder of Sprikboks’ rugby team player’s 18-year-old daughter. While I haven’t seen Salle’s previous films (The Tourist was based on his movie Anthony Zimmer, but he can’t be blamed for that), I like the pairing of Bloom and Hounsou, and this sounds like it could be a good set-up for a nice little thriller. Screen Daily reports that filming will take place in July.
Hounsou was previously set to play the Angel of Death in the adaptation of Paradise Lost, but Legendary Pictures decided to scrap the picture due to budget concerns, and I assume that’s what made the actor available for Zulu. Bloom recently signed on to re-team with Kirsten Dunst in the drama Cities, and he’ll be seen at the end of the year reprising his role as Legolas in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.