Jovovich joins ‘Kingdom’ for Winterbottom, MGM

Madonna, Theron fell out of role

NEW YORK — Milla Jovovich will star in “Kingdom Come,” the Michael Winterbottom-directed MGM film set in the Old West. Jovovich joins Wes Bentley, Sarah Polley, Peter Mullan and Nastassja Kinski.

Jovovich will take the role originally slated to be played by Madonna, then Charlize Theron before both fell out of the picture.

The film, scripted by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and funded by Pathe Pictures, is described as a romance set during the California gold rush, inspired by the Thomas Hardy novel “The Mayor of Casterbridge.” A wealthy land owner is reintroduced to the wife and daughter he gave up for a land claim two decades before.

Pic will be produced by Andrew Eaton.

Jovovich will play a local saloon songstress who forms a bond with the daughter.

Jovovich, whose credits include “The Fifth Element” and “He Got Game,” last played the title role in the Luc Besson-directed “The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc” for Sony. She will next be seen starring with Mel Gibson and Jeremy Davies in the Wim Wenders-directed “Million Dollar Hotel.”

Jovovich is repped by ICM’s Steve Chasman and managed by AMG.

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