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War be Damned: Troy Carries on

Denying reports of impending doom, director Wolfgang Petersen tells Variety that the threat of war won't set "Troy" off course. The big-budget epic, scheduled to begin production on April 22, will film in the UK, Malta and Morocco. If war erupts and the Middle East is deemed unsafe for "Troy's" cavalcade of A-list stars, Petersen has a contingency plan.

"We won't be shooting those final battle scenes until July or August," Petersen says. "If things are going on in the world that make Morocco impossible, we have explored Mexico and Spain."

"Troy," based on "The Iliad," details the epic battle between the Achaeans (Greece) and Trojans. Brad Pitt stars as warrior-extraordinaire Achilles. He's joined by Peter O'Toole, Julie Christie, Eric Bana ("Black Hawk Down"), Orlando Bloom ("The Two Towers"), Brian Cox ("The Rookie"), Sean Bean ("The Fellowship of the Ring") and an army of sword-swinging, sandle-wearing extras. The catalyst for all the warfare -- the beautiful Helen -- has yet to be cast.

"Troy" arrives in theaters May 21, 2004.

Posted by Mac on February 25, 2003 11:51 AM
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