Idris Elba to star in ‘The Alchemist’ big screen adaptation

Idris Elba is in talks to play the lead role in "The Alchemist".

By: Press Trust of India | Los Angeles | Published: June 5, 2015 9:51:31 pm

Idris Elba, The Alchemist, Luther, Paulo Coelho, Paulo Coelho The Alchemist, Idris Elba The Alchemist, Idris Elba Lead Role, Idris Elba Paulo Coelho, Entertainment news “Luther” star Idris Elba is in talks to play the lead role in the much-talked about film adaptation of Paulo Coelho’s bestselling novel “The Alchemist”.

“Luther” star Idris Elba is in talks to play the lead role in the much-talked about film adaptation of Paulo Coelho’s bestselling novel “The Alchemist”.

The Weinstein Company is also eyeing director Laurence Fishburne to helm the long-gestating project, reported Deadline.

“The Alchemist” centres on a young Spaniard who embarks on a quest to find a hidden treasure within the Egyptian pyramids.

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No deals have closed yet, but this is said to be a passion project for both producer Harvey Weinstein and Fishburne. The production house is hoping to get this in front of cameras in 2016.

Coelho’s book is something of a publishing sensation, having sold more than 65 million copies in 56 different languages.

It reputedly holds the Guinness world record for most translated work by a living author.

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