CHRISTIAN BALE TO LEAD
JANISSARY HISTORICAL MOVIE
I think we are the first ones to break this news in English, but Gaga Antonijevic, who directed last year's Serbian Oscar representative
Dara from Jasenovac, is preparing a massive new historical adventure JANISSARY based on real historical custom of the Ottoman empire to steal babies from occupied lands and then raise them as killer Janissaries who would then be sent to pillage their own villages often unknowingly killing their own mothers and sisters in the process. He has already set Christian Bale as the male lead in the film that he has been preparing for twenty years now.
|The production should start next year
Set at the end of the 16th century, the film will see Bale playing a Serb taken as a child to Istanbul where he becomes a pasha in their army. The sultan eventually sends him to his fatherland to end the Serbian rebellion and this is where he gets faced both with his past and with a moral dilemma of what to do.
Gaga has also revealed that he is currently negotiating with Sharon Stone to take the role of Bale's mother in the film. Bale, who is married to a Serbian woman in real life, has worked with the director on the script which should start shooting sometime next year in Serbia and Turkey.
SAMARA WEAVING TO JOIN
CHEVALIER DE SAINT GEORGES
We mentioned the movie a few months ago, and now Hollywood Reporter writes that Samara Weaving has joined CHEVALIER DE SAINT GEORGES historical drama as opera singer! Kelvin Harrison Jr plays the
lead as Joseph Bologne, or the Chevalier de Saint Georges, also known as the Black Mozart. Born in the Caribbean, Bologne was the illegitimate son of a plantation owner and a slave who was then educated in France and became a fencing master, which served as an entrée into French high society. With his music and operas, he ascended to the upper echelons of Marie Antoinette’s Paris society until a court scandal laid him low. Weaving will play Marie Josephine, a woman who yearns for creative fulfillment outside of her empty, loveless marriage and defies her controlling husband to become the voice of Bologne’s opera. Stephen Williams is directing for Searchlight.
|Samara Weaving will take the female lead