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to Chase the Dragon...
Lord of the Rings star Cate Blanchett
is to begin work on a new film about the life of the
late Sunday Indo journalist Veronica Guerin.
Irish Independent online reported yesterday
that Blanchett has been chosen to play the part of
Veronica in the production, which has the working
title Chasing the Dragon: The Veronica Guerin Story.
Many other actors associated with the role in the
media have been Jodie Foster and Winona
will come to Dublin in two weeks with director Joel
Schumacher to meet people who knew and worked
Both of them will familiarise themselves with the
various locations where they will be shooting the
film. The movie is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer,
who has produced many of the biggest-grossing movies
of all times, and his involvement was instrumental
in bringing the Disney studio on board with the finance
for the project.
has produced Pearl Harbour, Armageddon, Beverly
Hills Cop, Top Gun and Con Air. Armageddon
alone earned more than $500m at the box office. Asked
what attracted him to this project, Bruckheimer said
that, on hearing of Veronica's death and subsequently
reading an article in Q magazine, he knew that
Veronica was a special person and felt her story should
According to the Irish Independent following publication
of the article, Disney bought the rights to it and
then commissioned Hollywood-based Dublin woman Carol
Doyle to produce a script. At
this stage, because of the abundance of working projects
that Disney had, the project was shelved, but with
their agreement it was taken on board by Bruckheimer's
production company, Jerry Bruckheimer Films.
They had a rewrite done by Mary Agnes O'Donoghue
and this script was shown to Joel Schumacher, who
straight away agreed to take on the film.
in Hollywood as the "actress of the moment", she received
an Oscar nomination and Bafta award for her
role as Queen Elizabeth in the film Elizabeth.
was this role that brought her to the attention of
her peers. Now Belfast writer Marie Jones is
preparing a final script and it is expected that this
will be ready shortly.
filming will start in Dublin in February 2002. Bruckheimer
was always anxious that the matters before the courts
be completed prior to filming and, now that this is
the case, it's full steam ahead for the project which
has a target release date of late 2002.
Independent writes that Bruckheimer is confident that
the film will show Veronica as she really was, a courageous
woman who fought to expose drug lords who were exploiting
the weakest in our society.