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It's Official: Orlando Bloom Is 'The Three Musketeers' Villain

May 24, 2010 (7:40 am) GMT
The actor has inked a deal to play the Musketeers' enemy, the Duke of Buckingham, who is described as 'so cool that you can chop him into cubes and serve with vodka.'

After dropping out of "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, is set to swing his sword once again. The 33-year-old British actor is officially signed for "", in which he has been previously rumored to star.

Bloom is tapped to portray the Duke of Buckingham, the arch-nemesis to the Musketeers who is described as "so cool that you can chop him into cubes and serve with vodka." Another British star has also been announced to join the upcoming project, playing the servant Planchet.

Other names who have been previously reported among the cast ensemble are as Cardinal Richelieu, as D'Artagnan, as Athos, as Porthos, as Aramis, as M'lady De Winter and as Rochefort. As for the depicter of Queen Anne, Empire Online claims is in talks to take the role.

Based on Alexandre Dumas' novel of the same title, "The Three Musketeers" is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and written by Anderson as well as Andrew Davies. The 3-D action adventure movie is scheduled to start shooting later this summer for a summer 2011 release.

"We are definitely modernizing 'The Three Musketeers' without compromising the fun of shooting a period piece," Anderson has previously shared about the movie. "But in our film, corsets and feathered hats don't take center stage. Our version is rich in eye-popping action, romance and adventure." He additionally hoped to shoot it in France and Germany.

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