Orlando Bloom reading from 'Romeo and Juliet' for L.A. Phil
Bloom has some spare time, it seems, since he won't be starring with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz in the next installment of "Pirates of the Caribbean" this May. No, we're still not over that.
We miss his period pieces and costume dramas (think "Lord of the Rings," "Kingdom of Heaven," "Troy"), but perhaps a little bit of Shakespeare will keep us from extreme Bloom withdrawal. We imagine he's been busy being a papa to baby boy Flynn with supermodel wife Miranda Kerr. Oh, to be blessed with all those gorgeous genes.
The reporter doth swoon too much, methinks.
Anyway, our friends at Culture Monster inform us that Bloom will perform selections from "Romeo and Juliet" between musical numbers in the series, which features Tchaikovsky's Shakespeare-inspired music led by wild-haired conductor Gustavo Dudamel. All we have to say about that: He'd better be Romeo.
"Brothers & Sisters" cast member Matthew Rhys will read from "Hamlet," and veteran actor Malcolm McDowell will recite from "The Tempest." Actress Kate Burton will serve as stage director and host. The concerts are March 10-13 at Walt Disney Concert Hall, with the March 13 concert to be broadcast live to cinemas across the U.S. and Canada.
(We miss you, Orlando!!!)
-- Nardine Saad
Photo: Orlando Bloom in the 2007 movie "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End." Credit: Disney Enterprises