Disney stations Hartnett at ‘Pearl Harbor’

Posted on Mar 10, 2000

Josh Hartnett will star along with Ben Affelck in “Pearl Harbor.” Read On…

Disney stations Hartnett at ‘Pearl Harbor’

By Zorianna Kit

Josh Hartnett is set to star alongside Ben Affleck in Disney’s megabudgeted World War II drama “Pearl Harbor” for filmmakers Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay. The six-month project is expected to go before cameras in the spring.

Hartnett’s star is fast rising, as the young actor has roles in five films that are due out this year: Fox 2000’s “Here on Earth,” New Line Cinema’s “Town and Country,” Paramount Classics release “The Virgin Suicides” and Miramax’s “O” and “Never Better.”

The signing of Hartnett and Affleck ends months of searching for the two Army Air Corps pilots and best friends who fall in love with the same Navy nurse. The deal for Affleck pays him no money upfront to star in the $135 million project.

Bruckheimer and Bay reduced their own fees to make the film and have only a small budget to cast even the lead roles because of the project’s production costs .

Though the female lead has not yet been cast, roles of the supporting nurses are beginning to fill, with newcomer and model James King being the first selected.

King, a former Cosmopolitan cover girl, recently wrapped a role in her first feature, New Line’s “Happy Campers,” and is now shooting the studio’s “Blow,” in which she portrays one of the daughters of a couple played by Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz.

The Randall Wallace-penned “Harbor,” to be produced by Bruckheimer and Bay, the latter of whom will direct, is moving full steam ahead. Cuba Gooding Jr. was the first actor to sign last month as a 3rd Class mess attendant who served on the U.S.S. West Virginia when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Hartnett has been seen on the big screen in the horror films “The Faculty” and “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later” and starred in the short-lived television series “Cracker.” He is repped by the Iris Burton Agency and manager Nancy Kremer.

King, repped by ICM and manager Robert Flutie, made her acting debut in the short “Four Faces of God.” She is slated to appear on the cover of Details magazine’s May issue.