Studio Canal sees Bloom in 'Circle' center

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Director Johnnie To is eyeing Orlando Bloom to star in "Red Circle" for France's Studio Canal, a spokesperson from To's production shingle Milkyway Image said Tuesday.

An offer has gone out to the actor, but negotiations have not begun.

The film is a remake of the 1970 Alain Delon crime thriller "Le Rouge Cercle." Longtime To collaborator Wai Ka-Fai ("Mad Detective") is developing the script under the helmer's supervision.

Chow Yun-Fat and Liam Neeson are in negotiations to co-star in the Media Asia co-produced project, which has a reported $40 million budget and is tentatively scheduled to start production in June in Hong Kong and Macau.
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