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Friday 19 September 2014

Fox turns regal for Emperor role

Matthew Fox is preparing to make his big-screen comeback

Matthew Fox is set for a honourable role after reportedly winning a part in World War II drama Emperor.

The Lost star is tipped to play General Bonner Fellers, who finds himself in turmoil after falling in love with a Japanese exchange student from his past, according to Collider.

"We are thrilled to be working with Matthew Fox who is a fine actor and whose maturity and appeal fits perfectly with our film's aesthetic," said producer Gary Foster.

Part historical drama and post-war love story, Emperor - directed by Girl With The Pearl Earring's Peter Webber - is set in the final days of World War II, as General Douglas MacArthur rules Japan as supreme commander of the occupying forces after the Japanese surrender.

"The end of WW2 in the Far East and the relationship between General MacArthur and Japan is a part of history which has been largely unexplored on film. With most documents burned, historians have relied on accounts which are being debated to this day," added Gary.

Shooting is expected to start at the end of January.

Matthew - whose last big-screen outing was in 2008's Speed Racer - is preparing to make his movie comeback in two high-profile films to be released this year, I, Alex Cross and Marc Forster's World War Z opposite Brad Pitt.

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