‘Phantom’ pic announces latest castings

Rossum to play Christine; Wilson to play Raoul

LONDON — Emmy Rossum, a 16-year-old New Yorker, has been cast as the female lead in the movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Rossum, who has been with Gotham’s Metropolitan Opera since she was seven and most recently starred in the Clint Eastwood movie “Mystic River,” will play the role of Christine opposite Gerard Butler as the Phantom.

Patrick Wilson, whose upcoming movies include “Angels In America” and “The Alomo,” will play the third main role of Raoul, Christine’s childhood sweetheart.

Joel Schumacher is directing the movie, which starts shooting Sep. 15 at Pinewood Studios near London. Warner Bros. has North American rights, with Odyssey Entertainment handling international sales.

“From the beginning Joel and I always wanted a young and relatively unknown cast,” commented Lloyd Webber. “Given his track record of discovering stars such as Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland and Colin Farrell, who am I to argue with him?”

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