Orlando Bloom to Star in Sarajevo Siege Film

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Orlando Bloom said Tuesday he will star in a film about life in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo during the 1992-95 siege.

The film is based on the book “Fools Rush In” by American writer and filmmaker Bill Carter who lived in Sarajevo at the height of the siege. It will be directed by Brazilian director Andrucha Waddington and produced by Elliot Lewitt.

“A film is a very specific and personal account of Bill Carter’s experience in Sarajevo during the war and we would very much like to make the film here,” the star of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Lord of the Rings” films told reporters in Sarajevo.

“I’m not in fact playing Bill in this movie but I read the script and the very human story at the very core of this film spoke to me very clearly,” he added.

In the book, Carter described his life as an aid worker in besieged Sarajevo in 1993-94 and difficulties and joys he shared with local people trying to preserve the sanity during the 43-month-long shelling of the city by the Bosnian Serb forces.

Shooting is expected to start shooting at the end of the year.