Date: 1st July 2003
Mel Gibson is to play the father of Leonardo DiCaprio in new movie Alexander The Great.
He joins Nicole Kidman, who plays Leo's mother even though she's just eight years his senior.
The £100million film, directed by Moulin Rouge's Baz Luhrmann, starts shooting in Australia next year, after being pulled out of Morocco over fears of terrorist attacks.
Luhrmann is now looking at the New South Wales mining town of Broken Hill and nearby desert for its main setting.
He has sought Prime Minister John Howard's help to find 500 troops and 300 horses that are needed to film the vast battle scenes.
Source: Press Release