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Damian Lewis will play the role of Orlando in the upcoming period film Love and Virtue! Raoul Ruiz will direct the film which is based on the epic poems “The Song of Roland” and “Orlando Innamorato.” The production company’s site describes the project as “a film of undying passion, friendship, and devotion: the magical haunting saga of Charlemagne and his knights.” Damian Lewis plays the hero, a knight in Charlemagne’s court, who falls for Angelica (Virginie Ledoyen). The film will also star John Malkovich, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, Peter O’Toole, and Saffron Burrows. Shooting begins in March 2007 in Belgium, Luxembourg, then London.

(Sources: Variety and Hollywood Reporter.)

There’s no IMDb listing yet. Visit the project page here. For more background on the story, click on the following links: 1 l 2 l 3.