Jolie to play Alexander the Great's mother

July 25, 2003

Angelina Jolie at the 2003 Academy Awards (AFP) LOS ANGELES - US movie star Angelina Jolie will play the unlikely role of heart-throb Colin Farrell's mother in a screen version of the life of Macedonian hero Alexander the Great, the industry press said Tuesday.

Controversial Jolie, 28, has signed on to take the role of the classical conqueror's mother, Olympias, in Oliver Stone's epic production Alexander, one of two competing movies on the same subject, Daily Variety said.

Jolie, who is poised to hit US screens with her reprise of her Lara Croft action-adventure role, will play Alexander's mum from his childhood until he becomes king.

Jolie will shoot her scenes in Morocco and London in the autumn, Variety said, while Moroccan media also reported that Stone's movie would be filmed there.

Producers Warner Bros. could not confirm the location of the movie that goes head to head with another film about Alexander, shooting of which was pulled out of Morocco following terror attacks there in May.

That version, which is as yet un-named, is to be directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann and will star Nicole Kidman as Olympias and Titanic star Leonardo DiCaprio as Alexander.

It is due to begin shooting imminently in either Australia or Morocco as the producers, who have been scouting locations in the Australian outback, make a final decision which may yet see the production return to Morocco.

Luhrmann and co-producer Dino de Laurentiis had said they would shift filming out of Morocco following terrorist bomb attacks in Casablanca in May.

Following her turn in Alexander, Jolie is set to take on the role of another historic figure, that of Catherine the Great, in Love and Honor, a new Walt Disney film set to start production in Russia early next year. - Sapa-AFP

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