This article was updated on Aug. 18, 2005.
Project is close to securing distribution through Paramount and Warner Bros.
Jolie will play the queen of darkness, who tempts the Viking as he makes his way in the quest to become king. She joins Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Brendan Gleeson and Robin Wright Penn in the pic, which will feature filmed perfs transferred to performance capture. Zemeckis used the process in “The Polar Express” as well as “Monster House,” a film set for release next summer.
Bing, who co-financed “Polar Express,” was originally expected to set the film at Columbia, where he was negotiating a distribution deal that was never finalized. Instead, Par would distribute domestically while “Polar Express” distributor Warners would take foreign territories on the film.
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Jolie is currently starring alongside Matt Damon in the Robert De Niro-directed “The Good Shepherd” for Universal and Morgan Creek. She will report for “Beowulf” once that film wraps.