Kingdom Of Heaven: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Orlando Bloom, hot off his recent success in a trio of epic films, has signed on for the lead role in director Ridley Scott's period epic Kingdom of Heaven for 20th Century Fox.

In the story set in 12th century Europe and the exotic Far East, Bloom will star as a young peasant who becomes a knight, saves a kingdom and falls in love with a princess.

The film was penned by William Monahan and is being produced by Scott through his Fox-based Scott Free production banner. The project, which has a January production start date planned and will shoot in Morocco.

Brian B.