Orlando Bloom and Djimon Hounsou Team Up for 'Zulu'

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Orlando Bloom is more than just a pretty face. Though yes, he's definitely that too. But this dark and dreamy thesp has just signed on for a meaty role alongside Djimon Hounsou in the crime drama "Zulu."

Helmed by Jerome Salle (the force behind "The Tourist"), the flick will be adapted from the novel by Caryl Ferey.

The story follows two Cape Town police officers (Bloom and Hounsou, of course) tasked with investigating the murder of an 18-year-old girl who happens to be the daughter of a member of the championship-winning Springboks rugby team. Soon, however, the investigation goes far beyond this single murder to reveal ties to the country's apartheid past.

Sounds like these two may have bitten off more than they could chew.

Word on the street is that Salle has enlisted his regular writing partner Julien Rappeneau to help adapt the story, which means it's more likely than not that this will prove to be the best project either Bloom or Hounsou has been involved in in awhile.

According to Indie Wire, lensing is slated for this July, so we hope these two guys have started prepping. It sounds like this thriller's going to be a wild South African ride.

In the meantime, Housou had better brace himself — that Orlando is a hugger. See for yourself in our gallery.