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I found this while roaming around MTV.com, trying to find information about TRL's schedule; I'd consider them a fairly reliable source for this, and it includes quotes from Orlando. The previous talk about the project was filled with conjecture, and only from one source; we wanted to be more certain about it. :)

So here we go (article posted here).

BEVERLY HILLS, California — British heartthrob Orlando Bloom has forged an impressive career by traveling the seven seas ("Pirates of the Caribbean"), assisting a fellowship's quest through Middle Earth ("The Lord of the Rings") and battling renegades in Somalia ("Black Hawk Down").

Now the 29-year-old hunk is making plans to embark on what could be his most hazardous mission yet: working with his girlfriend.

Bloom has signed on to "Seasons of Dust," the suddenly high-profile Tim Blake Nelson project that recently attracted Kate Bosworth too (see " 'Superman' Stars' Game Plan: Hit Up Vegas, Go Indie, Help Santa Manage Elves"). Bloom and the "Superman Returns" beauty have been involved in a tabloid-fueling on-again, off-again relationship for more than four years.

"[Nelson's] a fantastic actor and director," Bloom said of the "Syriana" character actor and director of the obscure Holocaust flick "The Grey Zone." "He's going to direct this film called 'Seasons of Dust,' which is a really cool movie, set in 1935 in the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma City. It's set during the Depression and drought. That was a real tough time in American history."

It will be the first onscreen collaboration between Bloom and his 23-year-old flame. They will be following in the footsteps of recent real-couple successes Jennifer Aniston/ Vince Vaughn ("The Break-Up") and Brad Pitt/ Angelina Jolie ("Mr. & Mrs. Smith"), while to be fair, both of those couples weren't together when filming began.

Previously, decades of bombs from "Cleopatra" to "Gigli" had led to the belief that onscreen couples were box-office poison. Now Bosworth and Bloom are determined to test their chemistry in front of moviegoers.

"It's a great piece of writing, and I'm excited to do it," Bloom added. "I play a guy who steals from bootleggers; he's kind of a rogue."

Bosworth has described the project as a hybrid of "The Grapes of Wrath," "Badlands" and "Bonnie and Clyde." With the latter two revolving around outlaw lovers on the run from authorities, their characters can be expected to be as seedy as they are steamy. Bosworth and Nelson previously collaborated on the homicide-and-porn drama "Wonderland," and the actress has expressed a desire to get equally gritty with "Dust."

"It's not a sword movie," laughed Bloom, acknowledging an excitement to sidestep his typecasting as a swords-and-sandals epic actor. "It's Oklahoma City. It's the South. It's really cool.

"It's kind of like a cowboy movie really," the actor added. "[Nelson] has awesome style, and he's a great director and fantastic writer."

Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, who directed Nelson in the Depression-South comedy "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," will serve as executive producers on the project. "Seasons of Dust" is expected to begin filming later this year, for a 2007 release.

Personally, I'm fascinated by films set during the Depression, as my mother would tell me plenty of stories of how she and her family barely got by (Dad was more fortunate in that his engineer father stayed employed the whole time, even managing WPA projects). (Favorite film? Tie between The Grapes of Wrath and Paper Moon). Those of you younger ones may want to talk to your grandparents, if you can, to see what it was like to barely get by.

This could be a great role for Orlando, playing a marginally bad guy, and just about as iconically American a character as you can get.

OK, for the 'disclaimer':

Let me say from the outset that the discussion needs to stay on track regarding the film itself, and the characters. His personal, off-screen relationship with Kate is still off-limits for discussion. He may at some point discuss that as it pertains to the film (I don't see how he can avoid the questions, but he may be pretty good at evading the answers), at which times comments/discussion may be appropriate. I know it's going to be a slippery slope, but let's give it a try, and learn as we go. Of course we can talk about Kate, as we would any one of his co-stars; but remember that our reason for the discussion here is about the project, the characters, the director, etc. - not about their relationship outside of the film.

We've found that most around here are very respectful of his policy (and ours!) of keeping his private life separate from his professional one - so help us keep the newbies on track!

Thanks. :)

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Thanks Jan for the article. I must say, I'm a little excited about this. Even though we are a little ways from absolute confirmation, I think it would be a good movie. I'm glad Orlando knows what he wants and goes for it (the type casting part). I can't wait to hear more about this. :)

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Thanks for bringing this to us, Jan. I was born during the latter years of the Depression, and know a bit about those years and how they impacted my parents. This sounds like a great opportunity for Orlando and will be a definite departure from the epic roles we've seen him in most recently. I look forward to further information as the project develops.

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Thanks for the article Jan. I like the idea of Orlando taking on a role that is so very different from anything he's done before. I like that the character will be a little on the nefarious side. I like that he will be playing an American character. I also like the time period in which the story will be set. And I like that it will no doubt be filmed, at least partly, in the American Heartland (again). I won't hesitate to say that I find the idea of his filming on location like this very exciting.

The whole premise of the film sounds very promising, as do the characterizations. At least from what little I have read of them. I will be eagerly watching for more information on the film, the story and cast in the coming months.

"Seasons of Dust" is expected to begin filming later this year, for a 2007 release.
Wow! Looks like Orlando won't be getting a whole lot of time off between projects. But it also means a lot of excitement for those of us who watch his career so closely. Very exciting. Can't wait to hear more.

Just a little side note. It will be rather interesting to see what 'look' he dons for this new role. Hmmmm.

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Hmm. I like the idea of him playing a rogue :devil: and I'm sure he'll enjoy working with his real life love. At least they'll get to spend a lot of time together, instead of being on opposite sides of the planet!

I agree with oceanbreeze, it doesn't sound like something I'd normally go see, but I'm sure it'll be a challenge for him - and that, I do want to see. I think we've only just begun to see the depths of Orlando's talent and I hope he never stops challenging himself as an actor and me as a viewer. That's what great art is all about! :2thumbs:

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Thank you for some information of real substance regarding this project, Jan. It sounds like another interesting role for Orlando. I hope it's a great experience for him, and one that will give him even more opportunities to show his talent.

Good luck on this new project, Orlando! :cheer:

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I got a Google alert about this a few days ago. I posted, but probably in the wrong place and a little too early! :blush: I for one am excited to see Kate and Orlando act together. I'm dying to see their on screen chemistry. Of course I'll watch anything if Orlando is in it.

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I, too, remember vividly Paper Moon and The Grapes of Wrath. There is another film set during the same era and setting, but I can't remember the name. I love the idea of Orlando performing in a similiar genre and especially as a bit of a bad guy. Thanks for keeping us informed, Jan. I can't wait to hear more about this project.

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I am really excited about this new project.

I loved Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde. This has so many possibilities, especially if he's playing a rogue. I just love that expression of his in KoH, "Saladin wants you to come out!" Add to that his 'Elven glares' and he's going to do fabulously.

I am also happy to see him working with Kate as I do love her acting. And, as someone has said, at least they'll have some time together!

I will be eagerly looking forward to updates!

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I am pretty excited that Orlando is slated to do this project. I don't think the role is such a stretch from Ned Kelly. The time frame is not exactly the same, but the rustic feel I get from the movie descrpition reminds me of Ned Kelly. I know that most of us have seen him that, but the general public have not and might not be able to picture the Elf/Knight/Pirate moving into a depression era movie until they see it for themselves. I think they might be pleasantly surprised at his range and what he can do when he gets a hold of a part like this. I think he could really take the role and run, like he does with everything else he does.

The story seems original enough and the one thing he has always been in is original roles. And he seems to be doing only the ones he really wants to do. I hope he has fun with it and it is just another knotch in a career that I think is buiding up step by step.

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I am happy to hear he has a new project, and finally something different again, not that I'm saying I don't like him in skirts, sandals and swinging swords, and then in one movie with Kate, I'd like to see them working together.

Good for us because we get to see more of him, good for him because he will be able to show us more of what's in him.

Aren't we the luckiest fans. :blush:

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Being British, I don't really know a great deal about the depression era. What I learned about it came from that wonderful television series 'The Waltons'. I'm visualising maybe something along those lines, I may be wrong but it's the only picture I can get in my head at the moment. I guess from what we are reading everyone is interpreting it slightly differently.

Whichever way it turns out, we know it will be wonderful because of Orlando's incredible ability to convey such a wide variety of emotions.

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This sounds like a very interesting film for both. Orlando has said quite a few times it is about building a body of work and he is really doing so. :2thumbs:

My grandparents on both sides were farmers during the Depression, so it's a part of history I am well aware of.

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If the setting, costumes, whatever, are anything like "O Brother" with George Clooney, then this will be a great film! I can definitely see him doing this, and I'm sure he'll enjoy the challenge of a different kind of role. I'm looking forward to updates.

And Oklahoma is right next to Missouri!

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Thanks for the update and info, Jan. I find it really interesting. I'm feeling a mixture of excitement and a little apprehension and nervousness as well for him to be working with his real life love at this point, but I do trust in Orlando's judgement. He has a good head on his shoulders and he's a smart man. I'm definitely happy to hear that he's doing another project and that it's something really different. That part has me jumping up and down with glee. :cheer: I hope it will work out well and be a wonderful experience for him. Who knows? This type of film could turn out to be the one that gets him the recognition we all know he's deserved all along. I sure hope so.

And on a purely shallow note, I'm really interested to see what kind of look he'll be sporting in this film. :paperbag: Not the most important thing about this project, obviously, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't curious.

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This sounds like a good project. I only hope they can get into the real feelings and emotions of the period. My parents and grandparents on both sides were alive then and went through that period as adults, doing without, working and farming. They never went hungry but there just wasn't any money circulating anywhere. Mom told me about her parents feeding people at the back door almost everyday. Women and children would help in the house and the men would help grandad outside in the barn or fields. They would stay a few days and move on. Really a desperate time for lots of folks.

It will also be interesting to see the on-screen chemistry between Orlando and Kate. I believe they are both mature enough in their careers to pull it off. We shall see, won't we!

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This sounds VERY interesting, to say the least. I am sure we will hear more as the production and filming begins. I remember seeing Bonnie and Clyde( was a broadcasting major before changing it to another one ) in class, and if that movie is any indication, this will be a challenging role for both Orlando and Kate. Thank you for the info, Jan.

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I figured there might be a note about this especially after Orlando himself confirmed that his own interest in the project this morning. I agree that it sounds like something completely different than anything he's done.

Bosworth and Nelson previously collaborated on the homicide-and-porn drama "Wonderland," and the actress has expressed a desire to get equally gritty with "Dust."

I have seen Wonderland and it was certainly "gritty" (and a bit bloody and graphic). In my opinion, it's Kate's best effort to date. She was incredible in it - as were Val Kilmer, Lisa Kudrow and Carrie Fisher. If Nelson can get those types of performances from his actors, I tell both of Kate and Orlando to go for it despite the concerns that the article listed.

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Just a quick general reminder that we are going to attempt to keep this discussion on topic about the project itself (so far everyone is doing fine with that), and not on the possible implications for their off-screen relationship (be they positive or negative) of these two doing a film together. We feel that type of discussion would call for a lot of speculation on our behalf, which may descend into areas which would be intrusive and contrary to our long-standing policies.

And I too am anxious to see what kind of look he'll have. I'm sure it will call for a haircut, right? Guys were pretty clean cut back then, even the outlaws.

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From Orlando's comments on GMA, it looks like they're still trying to get things together for Seasons of Dust and it'll happen after POTC3 filming is done. (in LA studio and the Pacific off of SCal based on Jerry Bruckheimer's comments).

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Oh, this sounds good! I'll be looking forward to it, and I have to say I'm glad to hear that he's doing a new film after Pirates cause up till now it looked as if we would have had to wait a while.

Off course, he totally deserves some time off, as he had been working non-stop since 1999. But hey, you can't blame me for being happy about this, can you? The more Orlando, the better! :2thumbs:

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Orlando confirmed it on Good Morning America this morning, so its official. This is great! I like anything that has to do with History, especially American History and with Orlando and Kate starring in it, I will definitely go see this movie when it comes out. I have read all about the Dust Bowl and the Depression and what it was like back then to live during those times. So it will be great to see Orlando tackling a role like this one. So all the best of luck to both Orlando & Kate with this latest project.

Thank you Jan for the update! :hug:

Kim

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I have been itching for news on this project for days now, since the Google and Yahoo alerts started. Probably my all time favourite film that Orlando has done so far since LOTR is Ned Kelly, and I cannot help but make comparisons. In my opinion he played the loveable rogue Joe Byrne absolutely perfectly. I know we do not know just who or what his character is going to be, but if it is anything like Joe, be prepared for him to blow you away. :yahoo:

This is probably a very courageous move for him, playing outside the box that Hollywood would love to keep him in. I wish them both all the luck, I hope this really takes off.

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Being British, I don't really know a great deal about the depression era. What I learned about it came from that wonderful television series 'The Waltons'. I'm visualising maybe something along those lines, I may be wrong but it's the only picture I can get in my head at the moment. I guess from what we are reading everyone is interpreting it slightly differently.

Wendi, I found this link for you if you wanted to get a bit better idea of what it was about. The Waltons, which I loved to watch, what happed in the east where as the dust bowl took place in the mid west. I googled for this and found quite a bit on it. If you do a google image search on dust bowl they have some photos of what it looked like. What was the Dust Bowl?

I will go ahead and post a few pics so everyone can get an quick idea of just what it looked like.

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I can't wait for this to come out! Thanks Jan for letting us know. I wonder where they will be doing the filming for this?

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