Actors flee Morocco after attacks
Thursday, May 22, 2003 Posted: 1737 GMT ( 1:37 AM HKT)
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LONDON, England -- Filming of Leonardo DiCaprio's latest movie "Alexander The Great" has been pulled out of Morocco over fears of terrorist attacks.
The move follows a string of suicide bombings in Casablanca last week which left 41 people dead.
Producer Dino De Laurentiis said: "Unless the situation changes in five or six months, any important American actor could be a target. That's a risk I cannot take."
The studio, built south of the city of Marrakech, will be abandoned and production will be moved to Australia.
The film, directed by Baz Luhrman, is the latest Hollywood movie to have been relocated from Morocco over fears of a terrorist attack.
Last month director Wolfgang Peterson moved filming to Malta, Mexico and London for Brad Pitt's new movie, "Troy."
Producers for a rival biopic film of Alexander currently being filmed -- starring Colin Farrell and directed by Oliver Stone -- have been looking at alternative locations to the north African country.
Morocco has long been a favored Hollywood location because crews and extras are cheaper. The dramatic landscape of Morocco has been the back drop for Hollywood blockbusters including "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Down."
Producers of the new Indiana Jones movie and the next film in the "Star Wars" trilogy had considered Morocco as a location for filming. Observers say the attacks in Casablanca mean they are likely to choose alternatives.