PLATOON veteran Willem Dafoe and Australian beauty Cate Blanchett are set to appear in Wes Anderson's new adventure comedy THE LIFE AQUATIC.

The duo will join Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum and Bud Cort in the latest film from the acclaimed The Royal Tenenbaums filmmaker.

Shooting is due to start this month (SEP03) in Rome, Italy, and follows the adventures of an oceanographer and his crew on a series of crazy deep-sea voyages.

Dafoe will play the ship's engineer - who is also the surrogate brother of Murray's character - and Blanchett plays one of the ship's crew.

03/09/2003 16:59