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Preview by: Jack Foley

NOW that Brad Pitt’s Achilles has successfully made his mark at the world-wide box office, in Troy, thoughts begin to turn to another epic, which is set to hit our screens by the end of the year.

Alexander marks Warner Bros next big sword and sandals affair, starring Colin Farrell as the legendary Macedonian King Alexander, who conquered 90 per cent of the known world, before he was 26.

Directed by Oliver Stone, the film will focus on the eight-year period during which Alexander and his troops faced 22,000 miles of battles and sieges. Needless to say, it promises to be a bloody, no-holds barred affair.

The film will also explore Alexander’s friendship with battle companion, Hephaistion, played by Jared Leto (which is rumoured to include an on-screen gay kiss), while Angelina Jolie appears as his mum, Olympia.

The cast is rounded out by the likes of Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Val Kilmer.

Alexander is credited with being possibly the greatest military leader in history, so it is little wonder to find that the film looks set to challenge Troy in budgetary terms.

Production began on September 22, 2003, in Morocco, on a budget of $150-200 million, before filming moved to sets, in London, in November, and then Thailand (for the elephant-related sequences), before wrapping in early January, 2004.

Since then, a website has gone live and a new trailer has been released, to capitalise on the current lust for historical epics, fuelled by the success of Troy.

The trailer, in question, features far more of the film than has previously been seen and seems to suggest that Farrell will be employing an Irish accent.

Aside from reservations about accents, however, most online trailer critics seem to think the film looks suitably spectacular and are holding out high hopes, particularly given Stone’s track record for making consistently good, if not challenging, movies.

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