SA pulls the big stars

2014-06-22 09:48

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South Africa is set to host a galaxy of Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning stars in the coming months – among them Benin-born actor Djimon Hounsou, who likes the country so much he’s coming back to shoot another film.

The two-time Oscar nominee will join former winners like Sean Penn and Charlize Theron, who are working together on Penn’s latest directorial effort, and Colin Firth, who is the star of South African director Gavin Hood’s newest venture.

Hood, too, is an Oscar winner.

Hounsou filmed Blood Diamond alongside Leonardo DiCaprio here in 2005, a project that earned him an Oscar nomination in the best supporting actor category.

It was his second nod in the same category from the Academy after a nomination in 2002 for In America.

Now Hounsou, who lends his voice to a baddie named Drago Bludvist in the sequel to another Oscar-nominated film, How to Train Your Dragon 2, is preparing to cap off a busy year with another big role.

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