Julia Roberts has signed on to produce and play the lead role in a film about a British conservationist who was murdered in Kenya last year.
Roberts will play filmmaker Joan Root. The movie will follow Root's earlier life making documentaries around the globe with her husband.
An ex-employee and a poacher fired rounds from their AK-47 rifle into Root's farmhouse earlier this year. She was shot in her bed by what is thought to be an opportunist thief, or assassinated by those who objected to her conservation work. Police are still investigating.
Tim Bevan, of Working Title Films, said he is "delighted" by Roberts' involvement with the project, "We are thrilled to be making a film about such a courageous, adventurous and passionate woman."
Filming will begin in Africa next year.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Posted by Gabs at 7:40 AM