The Hollywood Reporter (US), September 8, 2003

'Constantine' for Rossdale, Hounsou

by Chris Gardner

Gavin Rossdale and Djimon Hounsou are poised to join Warner Bros. Pictures' "Constantine" for helmer Francis Lawrence.

Based on an adaptation of the DC-Vertigo comic book "Hellblazer," the film is toplined by Keanu Reeves along with Rachel Weisz and Tilda Swinton. Set in the occult world, the film centers on John Constantine (Reeves), a man who dabbles in the occult and teams with a female police officer (Weisz) to fight evil forces. Rossdale will play Balthazar, a nemesis of Reeves' character, while Hounsou will star as Papa Midnite, the owner of an occult club who was once a demon fighter like Constantine but is now trying to get out of the business.

Kevin Brodbin wrote the original script, with a rewrite by Mark Bomback and Frank Cappello. Lauren Shuler Donner is producing the project with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Akiva Goldsman. Benjamin Melniker, Michael Uslan and Dan Kolsrud will executive produce. Donners Co. executive Michael Aguilar also will receive producing credit. Warners senior vp production Bob Brassel is overseeing.

Rossdale, frontman of the band Bush, is rolling along with his newfound feature film career. He recently signed on for a part in the Brittany Murphy starrer "Little Black Book" and has already completed a part in Crusader Entertainment's "The Game of Their Lives." Rossdale is repped by Brillstein-Grey Entertainment.

Hounsou next stars in Jim Sheridan's "In America" for Fox Searchlight Pictures. He starred opposite Angelina Jolie in "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" and recently signed on to join ABC's "Alias." He received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in "Amistad" and is well known for his work opposite Russell Crowe in "Gladiator." Hounsou is repped by the Gersh Agency, Brillstein-Grey and attorney Jerry Edelstein.

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