ANGELINA TO PLAY
CATHERINE THE GREAT
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[ August 23rd 2004 ]
Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace is returning
to his roots as novelist. His latest tome, Love
and Honor, an epic set in Catherine the Great's
Russia which hits stores next week, was actually
started 20 years ago, when he was still a struggling
writer. "I didn't have a clear outline of what
the story would be, and I wanted to be unrestrained
about where I went with (it)," Wallace says about
the long road the bookshelf.
two historical facts and ran with them. One was
that the court of Catherine the Great had "provers,"
women whose job it was to sleep with handsome
men in the officer corps and bring the best lovers
to the Russian queen. The second was that the
British Empire petitioned the queen to give them
20,000 foot soldiers to put down the American
Revolution; she turned them down, and no one knows
why, Wallace says. "When you're a writer, you
love those stories that enable you to go 'what
screen credits like Braveheart, Pearl Harbor and
The Man in the Iron Mask, it's no surprise that
history holds a special place in Wallace's heart.
"I am fascinated by the way history reveals the
true significance of things." It's also no surprise
that Wallace is already planning to adapt his
own novel. Angelina Jolie is attached as Catherine
the Great, and Wallace says Bruce Willis and John
Malkovich are also interested in roles.