Copyright 2004

[ July 2nd 2004 ]

Batman Begins star Christian Bale is boarding director Terrence Malick's 17th century American epic The New World. David Thewlis, Noah Taylor and Q'orianka Kilcher have also joined the cast, which already includes Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer, August Schellenberg and Wes Studi. The New Line project is described as an epic adventure set amid the encounter of European and Native American cultures following the founding of the Jamestown settlement in 1607 and inspired by the legend of John Smithand Pocahontas.

Bale will play English tobacco planter John Rolfe. Thewlis is to star as Smith's rival Capt. Wingfield, Taylor is signed on as Selway, one of the initial English settlers with Kilcher set to make her feature debut as Pocahontas. The film is being pegged for a November 2005 rollout. Bale, who next stars in Paramount Classics' The Machinist in October, landed the title role in the new Batman installment Batman Begins, which is scheduled for release next June.

Thewlis is currently in theaters with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He can next be seen in the Ridley Scott-directed drama Kingdom of Heaven for Fox. Taylor was last in theaters with Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Kilcher, a distant cousin of pop singer Jewel, landed the Pocahontas part following an eight-month search that considered thousands of actresses.

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