Possible new project

Exciting news from Cannes! The Telegraph reported on May 13 that:

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is hotly tipped to star as Christopher Marlowe in a steamy new movie about the life of the 16th-century playwright that will be unveiled here early next week.

The £14 million film, to be called Marlowe, is being produced by Natural Nylon, the Soho-based company co-owned by Britpack actors Ewan McGregor, Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Johnny Lee Miller and Sean Pertwee.

The Hollywood star Michelle Pfeiffer is believed to be in the running to play Lady Audrey, the seductive wife of Marlowe’s patron Thomas Walsingham. The film will be directed by John Maybury, who has had many offers since his acclaimed Francis Bacon biopic Love Is The Devil.

Marlowe, to begin shooting in London in September, will focus on the five-year period between the performance of the playwright’s first work and his mysterious death at the age of 29 in a tavern brawl in 1593.

Natural Nylon originally envisaged Law in the title role but the star, nominated for a supporting actor Oscar for The Talented Mr Ripley, had to bow out reluctantly because of a scheduling clash. In September, he will begin acting duties on Steven Spielberg’s AI, a sci-fi extravaganza developed over 20 years by the late Stanley Kubrick.

Rhys-Meyers, most recently seen in the television production Gormenghast, is one of the hottest young stars around. He recently completed production on Conspiracy of Weeds opposite Rachel Leigh Cook and his up-coming projects include a film adaptation of the best-selling book Prozac Nation with Christina Ricci and Anne Heche. He will next appear on screen in September in Julie Taymor’s Titus, based on Titus Andronicus.

What’s that? “Conspiracy of Weeds” is already completed? That may not be the case, and for those in the UK, “Titus” is set for release September 1 according to Clear Blue Sky Productions (thanks Elaine).

Also be on the lookout for little tidbits in the UK press. Thanks to Lindsey who posted at the JRM board about two sightings, one in ES Magazine which came with the London Evening Standard on May 5 and the other a review and small image of “Ride With The Devil” in last Saturday’s The Information which comes with The Independent. ES Magazine had an article on sex appeal and Shane Watson wrote, “Jonathan Rhys-Meyers with his pillowboy looks is like the distilled essence of sexual attraction for both sexes, to be adored but not touched.”

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