Orlando Bloom heads for "Main Street"

Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:01am EDT

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - One of writer Horton Foote's last works is moving closer to production.

Producers of "Main Street," the late playwright's final screenplay, are in negotiations to cast Orlando Bloom and have signed Andrew McCarthy.

The pair join an ensemble that includes Ellen Burstyn, Patricia Clarkson and Colin Firth. The central character, a young girl, has yet to be cast.

Foote's drama concerns a group of people in a small town in North Carolina whose lives are shaken when a stranger arrives. Bloom will play a small-town policeman, and McCarthy will play a lothario business manager.

The project, which Reliant Pictures is producing, is set to start shooting in Durham. N.C., in April. Tony Award winner John Doyle is directing the picture.

Next for Bloom, who was a key part of tentpole franchises "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Lord of the Rings," is Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut, "Sympathy for Delicious." McCarthy stars in the Wall Street drama "The Good Guy," which will premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

Foote, who died this month, was best known as a playwright but also wrote screenplays, with such movies as "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Tender Mercies" among his credits.

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

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