Raoul Ruiz's period epic Love And Virtue has lined up a stronginterernational cast including Damian Lewis, Virginie Ledoyen, John Malkovich,Peter O'Toole, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Dillane, Leonor Varela, Vincent Perez, DarylHannah, Michael Madsen, Melvil Poupaud, Anna Massey, Cristian de la Fuente MaxRyan, Alexa Rey and Boo Boo Stewart.
Lewis plays the hero,Orlando, a knight in King Charlemagne's court who is in love with Ledoyen'sAngelica.
The story, based on legends The Song Of Rolandand Orlando Innamorato, follows anoriginal script by Mia Sperber and Stefano Pratesi. Epic stories of love andloyalties in Charlemange's empire will be explored with a mystical touch.
Sperber is producing for Fountainof Life Productions alongside Alex Sullivan for The Leo Media and EntertainmentGroup. Intandem Films is handling international sales.
Co-producers are Jimmy deBrabant and Bob Bellion of Delux Productions with Kwesi Dickson of Future Films.John Daly is executive producing.
The shoot will start
"The fact that such a wonderfulcast, director and production team has come together is a testament to thescript, so caringly crafted by Mia and Stefano," said Sullivan. "We are thrilled and very excited at theprospect of having such a fantastic cross section of talented actors andtechnicians from all over the world to work with us."
Ruiz added: "It is a pleasureto work with such an outstanding cast and team that has put its heart and mindinto creating a feature of superb cinematography, stunning sets and costumes,and unforgettable music. The dreamy, magical side of the characters does notdetract from their authenticity, but rather enhances the chance that modernviewers will be able to identify with them given the current widespreadmystical approach to life."
Ruiz is also working with UK-basedFountain of Life on the epic feature Pythagoras:The Gates Of Light.