According to the Daily Mail, Nat is going to star in Paramount's next big fantasy drama "Stardust". Peter O'Toole, Ricky Gervais, Henry Cavill, Mark Strong, Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Rupert Everett and Kate McGowan have joined the main cast Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Sienna Miller, Claire Danes and Charlie Cox in Matthew Vaughn's film which is currently shooting. It is based on Neil Gaiman's novel about (among lots of other things) a young man, a 400-million-year-old star (of the planetary sort) in human form, a wicked witch, greedy royals, and a cross-dressing pirate. The movie falls into the genre of an action-adventure / fantasy-drama.

The filming started on March the 25th on Iceland, regular filming is scheduled to begin on April the 21st in Pinewood Studios, London. Other locations include Eilean Iarmain, Norwich and Yorkshire.

Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn wrote the screenplay. Cinematography is by Ben Davis. Production companies are Di Bonaventura Pictures, Ingenious Film Partners, Marv Films and Paramount Pictures The movie will be distributed by Paramount Pictures and is planned for a theatrical release by August 10th, 2007 (that's scheduled OK, could be postponed anytime).

The tale begins in Wall, an English village so named for the thick wall separating it from a mysterious meadow and woods. The one gap in the wall is guarded, but once every nine years, there is a fair in the meadow, and people including a large number of mysterious strangers may cross back and forth.

The plot is set in the early years of the Victorian era, though it is in most senses timeless. The story begins with Dunstan Thorn, a somewhat dreamy inhabitant of Wall, and what happens to him at the fair. The protagonist is his son Tristran, who, to keep a promise to a girl whom he loves but who is far from worthy of him, sets out to the lands beyond the wall to seek a fallen star.

The star turns out to be a lovely young lady with a mind of her own, and a broken leg from the fall, who will go with Tristran only when compelled. Other inhabitants of Faerie are seeking the star also, and their intentions are not so benign, leading to a series of adventures for Tristran and the star as they make the long journey back to Wall.

Good deeds are rewarded, while evil ones come back to haunt the doer. What the hero thinks he wants is not what he finds is his true Heart's Desire. The hero comes through all perils, if not unscathed, at least alive, and at the end is revealed to have been more than he seemed. The excitement in the plot, for an adult who, unlike a small child, knows what to expect from the fairy tale form, thus consists more in how than whether Tristran survives each adventure and gets the star back to Wall.

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