Orlando Bloom, best known for The Lord of the Rings and the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series, is preparing to mount up as the prime villain in The Three Musketeers 3D.
The 2011 film, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and produced by Summit Entertainment, will offer an updated look at the adventures of D’Artagnan and his three “all for one and one for all” chums (Aramis, Athos and Porthos).
The entire film is expected to be shot in 3D.
The Three Musketeers, based on the classic 1884 novel by Alexander Dumas, is scheduled for release on April 15, 2011. The somewhat modernized screenplay for the upcoming action-adventure film was written by Paul W. S. Anderson , Andrew Davies and Alex Litvalk.
Paul W. S. Anderson also directed AVP: Alien vs. Predator, Death Race, Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil and Resident Evil: Afterlife.
What will be Orlando Bloom’s role in The Three Musketeers?
British actor Orlando Bloom (33) will play the villainous Duke of Buckingham, nemesis to the famous musketeers, in the 2011 motion picture. His character in The Three Musketeers has been called “so cool that you can chop him into cubes and serve with vodka.”
This role is sure to require him to appear on horseback in many scenes, as the upcoming movie is filmed in France and Germany.
Can Orlando Bloom ride horses?
Sure, the British actor can swashbuckler, as he demonstrated most capably in Walt Disney Pictures’ Pirates of the Caribbean series. Even so, film fans may wonder if the popular thespian possesses equestrian prowess.
Actually, Orlando Bloom took horseback riding lessons to prepare for his role as Legolas Greenleaf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The 5’10 ½ actor also learned archery, canoeing knife-fighting and surfing. However, the actor fell off a horse and broke a couple of ribs during filming in New Zealand.
Undaunted, Orlando Bloom apparently purchased acreage near Louisville, telling several television interviewers (on MTV and The Oprah Winfrey Show) that he hoped to have a horse farm one day.
Orlando Bloom has also appeared in Elizabethtown (2005), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Troy (2004), and more.
What other actors are slated to appear in The Three Musketeers movie?
In the 2011 motion picture, The Three Musketeers, the primary players will be portrayed by Logan Lerman (as D’Artagnan), Luke Evans (as Aramis), Matthew Macfadyen (as Athos) and Ray Stevenson (as Porthos).
Additional casting for The Three Musketeers film includes James Corden (as Planchet), Freddie Fox (as King Louis), Milla Jovovich (as M’lady De Winter), Masa Mikkelsen (as Rochefort), Juno Temple (as Queen Anne), Christoph Waltz (as Cardinal Richelieu) and Gabriella Wilde (as Constance).
Production is underway for The Three Musketeers in Wuerzburg, Germany, where Orlando Bloom’s pregnant wife, Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr (27), has visited on-location. The couple have been photographed together there, with Orlando Bloom dressed in period costume, complete with an earring and a pompadour hairstyle. His elfish tattoo seemed to be covered, of course.