Playwright David Hare to Write Screenplay for Luhrmann's "Alexander"

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British playwright David Hare made his biggest cinematic hit to date with his screenplay for the film adaptation of Michael Cunningham's novel "The Hours." Now the dramatist has been tapped for more movie work by a director with an appreciation for all things theatrical.

Hare will write the screenplay for Australian auteur Baz Luhrmann's latest fantastical epic, "Alexander the Great," Variety reported. Hare will be working from an initial draft penned by Luhrmann himself. The film will star Leonardo Di Caprio and Nicole Kidman. Luhrmann worked with Kidman on "Moulin Rouge" and Hare had the actress as the star of the London and Broadway productions of his play Blue Room. Kidman went on to star as Virginia Woolf in the Hare-written "The Hours." Hare is also writing a screen adaptation of the bestseller novel by Jonathan Franzen, "The Corrections," for director Stephen Daldry, who directed "The Hours."

Luhrmann made his Broadway debut last season with his theatrical staging of the classic Puccini opera La Boheme. Stage versions of his films "Moulin Rouge" and "Strictly Ballroom" are in the works.

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