The Cannes Film Festival will wrap with Jérôme Salle’s noir thriller Zulu on May 26. The Pathé, Lobster Tree and M6 Films co-production stars Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom. Shot on location in South Africa, it’s based on the award-winning novel by French author Caryl Férey. Whitaker and Bloom play Cape Town cops investigating the murder of two women. Salle, whose credits include The Burma Conspiracy and Anthony Zimmer, the original basis for The Tourist, co-wrote Zulu with Julien Rappeneau, scripter of last year’s French hit Cloclo. Zulu was produced by Richard Grandpierre and will be released in France by Pathé, which is also handling international sales. The score is by Oscar nominee Alexandre Desplat. Last year’s closing film was the late Claude Miller’s Thérèse Desqueyroux. The festival opens May 15 with Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.
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That took awhile. Deadline revealed last December that Orlando Bloom would bring back his Elven archer Legolas character to The Hobbit, even though he wasn’t in the JRR Tolkien book. Peter Jackson announced it today on his Facebook page.