Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Shooting Begins In S. Africa On Forest Whitaker Crime Drama 'Zulu' (Alexandre Desplat Scoring)

News
by Tambay A. Obenson
September 24, 2012 12:13 PM
2 Comments
  • |

Shooting officially began today in Cape Town, South Africa, on the Forest Whitaker/Orlando Bloom crime drama Zulu, which is based on French author Caryl Férey’s award winning crime novel of the same name.

The film is being directed by French helmer Jérôme Salle -  his first film in English.

Recapping... Set against the backdrop of post-apartheid South Africa, Whitaker (in a role that was initially assigned to Djimon Hounsou) and Bloom will play two South African police officers on opposing sides of the apartheid divide, who work together to fight crime.

Here's the film production company's description of the filmed version of the novel:

As a child, Ali Neuman narrowly escaped being murdered by Inkhata, a militant political party at war with Nelson Mandela's African National Congress. Only he and his mother survived the carnage of those years. But as with many survivors, the psychological scars remain. Today, Ali is chief of the homicide branch of the South African police in Cape Town. One of his staff is Brian Epkeen, a free-wheeling white officer whose family was originally involved in the establishment of apartheid but who works well with Neuman. Together they have to deal with crime that inevitably exists in sprawling areas of un -and under- employed people, crime exacerbated by gangs, both local and from other parts of Africa. Their job gets even more difficult when the corpses of two young women are found. A new evil has been introduced in the city and a new drug has been introduced to its residents, including both murder victims. At the chaotic crossroads where brutality and modernization collide, the echoes of apartheid still resound in the shadows of a society struggling toward reconciliation.

When this was first announced in February, Djimon was to play Ali Neuman, and Bloom, Brian Epkeen. Now Whitaker will play Ali Neuman.

Director Salle is directing from his own script adaptation of a novel that has been reviewed fairly well. A few months ago, Tamara Brown wrote a Book-To-Film report on this project for S&A, which you can read HERE.

The film is a French/English/South African co-production by Pathé, M6 Films, and Lobster Film.

French film composer Alexandre Desplat working on the soundtrack. Desplat has received four Academy Award nominations, five BAFTA nominations, five Golden Globe nominations, and two Grammy nominations. Among various projects, Desplat has worked on a variety of Hollywood films including independent and commercial successes like The QueenThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonFantastic Mr. FoxMoorise KingdomZero Dark ThirtyArgoThe King's Speech, and many others.

Shooting started today, and will end on December 6.

News
  • |

More: Forest Whitaker

Free Indie Movies and Documentaries    

2 Comments

  • Tamara | September 25, 2012 12:55 PMReply

    YeS! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! I can't wait! An excellent read for those of you with spare time wanting to be brutally, violently, poetically entertained :-)

  • allspice | September 24, 2012 7:12 PMReply

    I've read the book. Parts of it I've read over and over. Can't wait to see the filmed version. Excited to see Orlando Bloom in such a role! I think he will do fine in this role, and can't wait to see him opposite Forest Whitaker.

Follow Shadow and Act

Email Updates

Most "Liked"

  • Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua Take ...
  • Watch 'Inside Africa's' Trip to Kenya ...
  • Emmy Trophies Will Be Handed Out Tonight. ...
  • 'Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield ...
  • Caribbean Film VOD Platform STUDIO ANANSI ...
  • 'Black Jesus' Saves the TV Sitcom
  • Donald Glover is Spider-Man (aka Miles ...
  • Muted, Black & White First Trailer for ...
  • Exclusive - Watch 1st Trailer for Nefertite ...
  • Watch 4 Clips From 'Girlfriends' Getaway' ...