At the beginning of February famous Russian director Vladimir Bortko is starting shooting screen version of Nikolay Gogol’s novel “Taras Bulba.”

As the director told in an interview to Gazeta po-Kievsky, on February 1 a shooting group will arrive in Zaporizhzhya hoping for snow to shoot punishment of Andrey, which took place in winter according to Gogol. The shooting will be continued in Saint Petersburg and Poland.

National artist of Ukraine, art director of Franko’s national academic drama theater Bohdan Stupka will play the leading role.

In response to the question what he thinks about the idea to shoot Gerard Depardieu in the role of Taras Bulba, Bortko said: “It seems strange to me. What does it have to do with French? Foreigners may screen whatever they want, but this is ours. If we have Stupka, what for do we need Depardieu?”

Gerard Depardieu, who repeatedly visited Ukraine during last years, declared earlier his plans to play the leading role in Ukrainian-French screen version of “Taras Bulba”.


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