We've had so many war movies lately that it seems like there's a rite of passage that every actor and actress has to go through -- they must do the historical or current war picture. For some, they start racking up a few, as is the case with Charlize Theron. In 2000 she co-starred in Men of Honor, the Robert DeNiro and Cuba Gooding Jr. Navy flick. Now the South African actress has just wrapped In the Valley of Elah, Paul Haggis' film about a career officer and his AWOL, Iraqi soldier son. But Theron just can't seem to get enough of these warring dramas, as she's just signed on for another one.

In October, Chris Ullrich posted about The Hurt Locker, a project director Kathryn Bigelow had written with the war reporter who was also co-writer on Elah, Mark Boal. While Chris' predictions were ignored (he wanted Bigelow vets like Patrick Swayze), the Theron-headed cast isn't too shabby anyway. She will star alongside Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes and Willem Dafoe. The action drama is set in Iraq and details a bomb disposal unit. From PW: "Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb." Unfortunately, the PR speak has made the end of that description sound like the film will be a sexual thriller -- sort of like Farrell's infamous sex tape meets Mission Impossible. Unfortunately, I don't think his adoring fans will be so lucky. Principal photography should gear up later this spring.
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