Hayden Christensen Takes the Lead in "The Decameron"
From "Star Wars" to the Adaptation of a 14th Century Classic
By Rebecca Murray, About.com
Christensen joins Mischa Barton ("The O.C.") in the movie adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio's classic Italian tales which inspired works by Chaucer, Shakespeare and Keats.
"The Decameron" follows 10 young Florentines who escape from the plague by retreating to an Italian villa in the countryside. At the villa, the 10 keep each other entertained by telling one new tale each night for the 100 days they are in seclusion.
Screenwriter David Leland describes the story as, "Part fable, part parable, part history, the hundred stories told in Boccaccio's 'The Decameron' are raked from all layers of 14th century Florentine society. Gathered over food and wine at the tables of the nobility, from criminals and sailors in dock-side bars, these fabulous adventures are the product of an imaginative and fertile mind. They are mysterious and irreverent, disrespectful of authority and hypocrisy. They are funny, dangerous and sexy and go to the heart of human experience in a time when people believed the Black Plague that ravaged Florence in 1348 signaled the end of the world. Bursting with health and vitality, the stories of 'The Decameron' are as alive today as when they were written over 600 years ago."
Production is expected to start in April in Rome and Tuscany.