Hollywood actors Sebastian de Souza, Tom Hollander and Shohreh Aghdashloo are set to star in the long-awaited film adaptation of Paulo Coelho's popular novel “The Alchemist”.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the project, which is set to start production in Morocco in September has been a road to the screen as slow and winding as the traveler's journey In Coelho’s philosophical book.
Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios, Netter Films, and Palmstar Media are producing the movie, which will be directed by Kevin Frakes.
De Souza will portray the role of the Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago, alongside Hollander and Aghdashloo. The ensemble cast includes Jordi Molla, Youssef Kerkour, and Ashraf Barhom.
Laurence Fishburne had wanted to develop best -selling book for about 16 years after acquiring the film rights to the 1988 novel from Warner Bros. Pictures with the intent of making the movie themselves.
In a statement, Netter said, “Hundreds of millions of people over the past three decades have found inspiration in The Alchemist to pursue their dreams, listen to their hearts, and never to lose hope when faced with adversity”.
The film's production team also includes Oscar-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda, and the script was co-written by Frakes and Ryan Kreston.
The Alchemist has sold more than 100 million copies in 56 languages and holds the Guinness World Record for the most translated work by a living author.