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'Elizabethtown' Duo Kirsten Dunst & Orlando Bloom Reunite For Financial World Drama 'Cities'

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 29, 2011 5:01 AM
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Watch: Kirsten Dunst Stars In R.E.M.'s Final Video: "We All Go Back to Where We Belong"



It's okay if you forgot about this movie, because we did too. Way back in the spring, it was announced that Clive Owen and Anil Kapoor were being lined up to star in Roger Donaldson's "Cities." And then...we didn't hear much after that. But the film is getting a couple of fresh faces who haven't worked together since they first paired up six years ago in Cameron Crowe's not-so-hot "Elizabethtown."

Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom have come aboard the promising film, an international thriller that will touch upon the hot topic of the moment, world finance. Penned by Donaldson and British TV veteran Glenn Wilhide, the film is described as a cautionary tale, blending three interlinking story lines—a New York hedge fund manager (Owen) chasing sex, money and power, a Mumbai cop investigating corrupt colleagues (one of whom is Kapoor) and their links to property speculators, and a young London couple finding it difficult to plant a foot on the property ladder. Dunst will play the character of Kate, in Owen's storyline while Bloom's role hasn't been revealed, though we presume he's one half of the London couple.

The producers have caught Dunst in a new phase of her career and on a tremendous uptick. With raves coming in for her turn in Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia," and with roles in Walter Salles' "On The Road" and the sci-fi romance "Upside Down" on the way, this is another intriguing project from an actress who is really making some interesting choices. As for Bloom, this may be the best film he's had since "Elizabethtown," though in the facial hair department, nothing will top his work in "The Three Musketeers." The wildcard here is Donaldson who can swing widely from solid fare like "Thirteen Days," "No Way Out" and "The Bank Job" to decidedly slummier stuff like the upcoming Nic Cage thriller "Justice" or the bloated "Dante's Peak." But with the talent and premise here, we're optimistic, and it should be a hot ticket at the American Film Market next week where it will be looking for buyers.

Filming on the project will begin next spring, and shoot in London, Mumbai and New York. But if you need your fill of Dunst sooner, Pitchfork has revealed the latest R.E.M. video for "We All Go Back to Where We Belong" from their upcoming Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbarge: 1982-2011. It's nothing more than a black-and-white video set on Dunst's face for its entirety (nice song, btw) and if you're even slightly obsessed with the actress (like this writer) you won't be able to take your eyes off her.

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5 Comments

  • ..... | October 19, 2013 3:04 PMReply

    Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom beautiful people and great artists.

  • jingmei | October 30, 2011 6:14 AMReply

    The blogger is Kirsten Dunst's adorer apparently. Orlando Bloom doesn't pay much attention to making more movies seemingly. Clive Owen is a really down to earth responsible good actor I like him.

  • padre | October 29, 2011 5:50 AMReply

    I respect Mr Owen, but it has to be said:

    Clive Owen, "the personification of box office poison" is teaming up with Orlando Bloom, "my career fell into a black hole" and Kirsten Dunst, whose career is turning around, but is still on tentative ground, and is no way strong enough to take on the burden of central draw, especially with dead weight as her two leading men. This movie is going to make zero dollars. Quite possibly it will make negative dollars, as people look at their floating head posters and immediately demand money from the ticket sellers in the booth.

  • Mike | October 29, 2011 2:54 AMReply

    Bloom was also in this mildly successful (cough, billion and billions in profits, cough) trio of films involving pirates or something. You're arguing Owen's box office power because you're a fan? I am too, but his biggest success is Inside Man (barring a tiny role in the Bourne Identity) at ~$88m. The other two have been big anchors of huge franchises, but outside of those most of their films have been mild successes or misfires commercially.

  • Simone | October 29, 2011 1:25 AMReply

    I wouldn't go as far as saying that Clive Owen is box office poison. The man has presence on the screen and has been in several films I really enjoy. But the same can't be said about Bloom. If not for his beauty, he would be a bartender. Outside of the LOTR films, any film that Bloom is in will not fair well at the BO.

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