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Oct. 7th, 2008 | 10:32 pm
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Monaghan, Rodriguez cast in 'Fortuna'
Grim future vision of collapsed economy, climate


By Gregg Goldstein

Oct 8, 2008, 12:00 AM ET

Dominic Monaghan, left, and Freddy Rodriguez will star in "Fortuna." (Getty Images photo)
Just in time for the next depression, Dominic Monaghan and Freddy Rodriguez star in a horror thriller offering one potential solution to our economic problems.

Set in 2100, "Fortuna" envisions an Earth where a collapsed economy and climate crises have eliminated the middle class, leaving a few very wealthy and the teeming masses in severe poverty. To give hope and avoid revolt, the elite create Fortuna, a mysterious game where one in a thousand wins a big payday and joins the upper classes. But their hidden goal to "reduce poverty" by 30% over 50 years comes with a deadly price tag.

Monaghan, Rodriguez and "Fortuna" writer-director Barthelemy Grossmann will play desperate men who play the game in a nearby tower, despite apprehensions that none of its contestants are ever seen again.

The privately financed film will be produced by Laurent Zilber and co-produced by Scott Duncan. It marks the sophomore feature and English-language debut of Swiss helmer Grossmann, whose debut "13 m2" hit French theaters last year.

The six-week "Fortuna" shoot begins Nov. 10 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Desolate, ghettolike sets are being built for a film Zilber compares to 1973's postapocalyptic thriller "Soylent Green."

APA-repped Monaghan is best known for his roles in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and ABC's "Lost." Former "Six Feet Under" star Rodriguez, repped by ICM and Kass Stokes Management, will next be seen in Overture's "Nothing Like the Holidays."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i05c8198f5eab4cda1de5c49d574e51b0


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amusing musing

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from: sandelwood
date: Oct. 8th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC)
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Sounds a hell of a lot like The Island in a way, doesn't it?

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Never give up; it's such a wonderful life.

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from: rane_ab
date: Oct. 8th, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)
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Heh, I was just thinking it reminded me of The Running Man. Kind of a cross between the two? ;o)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
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Heh, I bet they pitched it to the movie studio that way.

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Never give up; it's such a wonderful life.

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from: rane_ab
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
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Either way, I can really see Dom playing that role!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
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Is that a Sean Bean one? I guess it's down to the writing, though it usually is.

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tweedle_

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from: tweedle_
date: Oct. 8th, 2008 07:50 am (UTC)
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Good for Dom!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
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I sure hope so!

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strongplacebo

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from: strongplacebo
date: Oct. 8th, 2008 10:06 am (UTC)
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Oh Dom. Everything you do makes me nervous. I hope this is good for you bb.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
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I remind myself of Sturgeon's Law: 90% of everything is shit. I'd say movies are 95%... So we can't do anything but hope for the best.

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cordeilla33

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from: cordeilla33
date: Oct. 8th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
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Yes - Yes - YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! Yay! A new movie for our Dommeh!!! Wonder if Billy's ever been to Bulgaria? LOL!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Oct. 10th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
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Yes, new movie yay!

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heels and pints

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from: birdgerhl
date: Oct. 8th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
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Set in 2100, "Fortuna" envisions an Earth where a collapsed economy and climate crises have eliminated the middle class, leaving a few very wealthy and the teeming masses in severe poverty.

*snorts*

surely that was a typo, and they mean 2011.

i wouldn't be surprised.

b.x :/

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Any further questions? Ask the shrimp!

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from: txvoodoo
date: Oct. 8th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
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Er, no - the movie is set in 2100. It's future science fiction.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Oct. 10th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
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Ah, it took me a moment to get your point. Sigh.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Oct. 10th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
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yis! And did you see they were in LA? reunion yay!

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