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Rea to star in adaptation Joyce's Ulysses...

James Joyce's world renowned masterpiece Ulysses is to be adapted and made into a movie it was revealed yesterday. Stephen Rea is rumoured to play the leading protagonist, Leopold Bloom and Angeline Ball is expected to his wife Molly. An Irish film company is planning to start shooting the 4.5 million movie in Dublin next year on June 16, Blooms Day.

It was also reported in the Sunday Times yesterday that film maker Sean Walsh has rejected the concept of using international stars in favour of an indigenous cast. Rea and Ball have both indicated that they are very interested in the roles.

Walsh who has read the novel over 400 times while adapting the screenplay has in an effort to make the book more accessible to wider cinema audiences run the risk of angering 'Joycean' purists. "The book is, for many, impenetrable. What I have done is deleted the bits I don't understand and the bits which bored me. I joined up what was left, which is in essence the most marvellous comic masterpiece of the 20th century - the funniest, most human book of all time."

"There are hundreds of thousands of copies of Ulysses lying around the world which remain closed and unread because everybody gets to page five, or perhaps the third chapter, and gives up. The film will give people a chance to know what the story is about," he said.

The controversial movie already seems to be headed for pre-production trouble as Joyce's grandson and custodian of his estate, Sean Joyce, has yet to give a positive response to the adaptation which is worrying as he is already renowned for vehemently protecting copyright of the material. Walsh intimated "I would prefer if he supported us, but I am making this film anyway."

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