Madonna Tapped For 'Arthur' Cast

Madonna will head the voice cast of the big-budget CGI-animated "Arthur," directed by Luc Besson, sources close to the movie confirmed yesterday (Oct. 21).

Madonna will head the voice cast of the big-budget CGI-animated "Arthur," directed by Luc Besson, sources close to the movie confirmed yesterday (Oct. 21). CAA, which represents Madonna, separately confirmed the deal.

"Arthur" is adapted from a series of children's books written by Besson, who also wrote the screenplay for the movie. Ten-year-old Arthur, in a bid to save his grandfather's house from developers, goes in search of treasure hidden in the land of the Minimoys, a tiny people living in harmony with nature.

Madonna is understood to be voicing the part of Princess Selenia, a character who travels with Arthur to a mysterious forbidden city where an evil being dwells. "The recording is being done at the moment," a production source said.

Besson Europa Corp., which is also producing the feature, is in the process of casting a major male star in the movie but could not give details at deadline. The English-language movie will include some live-action sequences and is in production at the company's studios north of Paris. It is scheduled for a 2006 release.

"Arthur" will be the first film directed by Besson since "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc" five years ago. He is also working on a parallel live-action project, which he has written but which remains a closely guarded secret.
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