Copyright 2001

[ October 23rd 2001 ]

Two hundred Ethiopian farmers have landed supplemental roles in the upcoming Angelina Jolie movie Beyond Borders that chronicles the life and times of a group of international aid workers.

GoldernEye director Martin Campbell will helm the $85 million production that begins filming in South Africa next year. Kevin Costner, previously reported replaced by British actor Clive Owen, has again been re-named to star opposite Tomb Raider diva Angelina Jolie.

Filming begins on location in Namibia next February for the scene of the 1981 famine that prompted a massive relief effort by overseas artistes led by then Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof, Africa Eye reports today. Five Ethiopians will take character roles.

Producers had originally penciled the scenic geographical contrasts of Kenya for the movie, but South Africa won the Hollywood production after a government official mistook the word Ebola for Abiola, Nigeria's late presidential hopeful, and refused filming permission because Kenya was a friend of Nigeria and did not want to tarnish the name of the country's leader.

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