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Film/Arts: Alexander epics.

PLANS are under way for several Hollywood epics featuring historical figure Alexander the Great.

Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann and veteran Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis believe they will win the race to make a sweeping epic biopic of the man. They hope to start shooting in January.

Meanwhile, JFK director Oliver Stone also intends to start making an Alexander biopic starring Irish actor Colin Farrell at some point.

And Martin Scorsese had also announced plans for an Alexander movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio - but he will first make a movie about Howard Hughes with DiCaprio.

Luhrmann tells Variety he sees Alexander as ``the world's first rock star . . . a fantastic freak of nature'' whose battles against the Persians changed the course of world history''.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 26, 2002
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