With two blockbuster film trilogies under his belt (“Lord of the Rings”, “Pirates of Caribbean”), marriage to Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr, and looming fatherhood, Orlando Bloom has a pretty good life. What he doesn’t have at the moment is a very big acting career.
After reaching the pinnacle of movie star success in the mid-2000s, Orlando took time off to recuperate from a string of back-to-back films. He was also nursing a few wounds from the critical beatings he received for lead roles in big films that unfortunately fell short of expectations like, Ridley Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven” and Cameron Crowe’s “Elizabethtown.”
In recent years, Orlando Bloom has hit celebrity news pages with his model wife a lot more often than he’s made movie news. He’s been slowly building indie cred, participating in a well-received stint in London theater and roles in festival films “New York, I Love You,” “Sympathy for Delicious,” and “Main Street”. Orlando just may launch back into the movie spotlight as a villain in two new films due out next year.
“The Good Doctor” stars Orlando Bloom as a young, British doctor who lands himself in some ethical gray areas when he comes to L.A. to pursue his career. Lisa Marie Presley’s daughter Riley Kough plays a young woman who might not be getting the best treatment from the good doctor. Oscar-nominee Taraji P. Henson, (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Date Night”) also stars, along with Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Rob Morrow (“Numb3rs,” “Northern Exposure”).
Director Lance Daly is going for a Hitchcock-style thriller with “The Good Doctor,” which is a definite genre shift from Orlando’s previous films. If Orlando can turn in a chilling performance as a handsome, ambitious doctor, this small indie flick could turn into a new career-making role, ala James Spader’s startling turn in “sex, lies and videotape.”
After “The Good Doctor,” Orlando Bloom returns to more familiar turf with big budget period film and action-drama “The Three Musketeers.” The surprise here is that sword-fighting expert Orlando won’t be turning up as a musketeer, but as villain Duke of Buckingham. Joining Orlando is a stellar cast that includes Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds”), former Bond villain Mads Mikkelsen (“Casino Royale”), and sci-fi goddess Milla Jovovich (“Resident Evil”).
A big budget romp is a good way for Orlando to get back his movie star status, but it all depends on how well this modern retelling of a classic goes over with audiences. The talented cast and experienced period drama script writer Andrew Davies make for a promising combination, and director Paul W.S. Anderson’s action-oriented direction could turn it into an entertaining guilty pleasure audiences will flock to see. If Orlando can get the mustache-twirling, foppish evil glee of this character right, it will be a definite hit for him.
As an added bonus, early set pictures show Orlando looking handsome as ever in his over-the-top 17th century costume. Fans of the sexy star might need smelling salts to handle the overwhelming sight of him on the big screen, and even better, “The Three Musketeers” will be in 3D.
“The Good Doctor” is set to premier in January 2011, and “The Three Musketeers” in October 2011.
More From Associated Content:
Three Muskateers Remake in 3D
Girls of Glee: Trivia Game
5 Music Stars With Their Own Fragrance
*Note: This was written by an Associated Content contributor. Sign up here to start publishing your own entertainment articles.