Man Behind Phantom Revealed

A little-known Scottish actor and a 16-year-old American rookie will take the leading roles in the film version of ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER musical PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

GERARD BUTLER, 33 - once considered a contender for the JAMES BOND role - and New York opera singer EMMY ROSSUM are poised to portray the Phantom and CHRISTINE, respectively, in the JOEL SCHUMACHER epic.

Bosses on the film - adapted from the popular stage musical - were determined to land a relatively unknown cast for the major roles.

Lloyd Webber explains, "From the beginning Joel and I always wanted a young and relatively unknown cast. Given his track record for discovering stars such as JULIA ROBERTS, KIEFER SUTHERLAND and COLIN FARRELL, who am I to argue with him?"

Pre-production is due to commence in September (03).

13/06/2003 17:26

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Tags: Andrew Lloyd Webber - Gerard Butler - James Bond - Emmy Rossum - Joel Schumacher - Julia Roberts - Kiefer Sutherland - Colin Farrell


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