British actor James Purefoy has bagged the lead role opposite Hollywood big-hitter Reese Witherspoon in new movie Vanity Fair.

The KNIGHT'S TALE star will play roguish RAWDON CRAWLEY to LEGALLY BLONDE star Reese's BECKY SHARPE, a lower-class girl who climbs the London social ladder with her best friend AMELIA.

Adapted by OSCAR-winning writer Julian Fellowes, it is a big-screen version of the classic novel by THACKERAY, set in the 1840's.

The movie is poised to begin shooting next month (MAY03) for director MIRA NAIR, according to the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

23/04/2003 20:58