The success of Ridley Scott's epic "Gladiator" and
Wolfgang Petersons recently released "Troy" seems to
have triggered a series of initiatives in Hollywood circles to put
"swords and sandals" films at the top of the box office
entries for the next two years. The latest of such films is an
Egyptian, Greek and British co-production entitled "Young
Alexander" directed by Lebanese director Jalal Mehri.
Filming in Greece and Egypt
The Story tells the coming of age of young Alexander ( Sam
Heughan), future world conqueror, from his boyhood in Greece to
his assumption of Regent of the Land, after proving his worth to
his father, the demanding King Phillip.
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However, the film market and film fans worldwide are also
keeping an eye on Oliver Stone's (Wall Street, Platoon) Alexander
starring Irish actor Colin Farrel in the title role.
The film has been facing tremendous difficulties while shooting
in Morocco and Thailand. Rumors claim that important footage of
the film?s battle scenes were destroyed accidentally during its
transport to the post production unit. Oliver Stones movie is seen
as the most expensive and ambitious project about the historical
conqueror. Unlike the previous film, it will tell the story of
Alexander with the conquest of the Persian Empire, and Darius The
Third will be cast by Israeli star Raz Degan. Portions of Darius'
Palace have been entirely constructed in Pinewood Studios in
London. The sets are magnificent with details of the famous
columns and brick walls of Persepolis.
So Keep tuned for further news and pictures on the Alexander