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Clive Owen Channeling Philip Marlowe

Apparently, BuzzSugar readers love Clive Owen. He's neck and neck with Leonardo DiCaprio for the Hottest Actor Oscar, and he filled the Humphrey Bogart role in our Casablanca recast.

Apparently, we're not the only ones to draw a comparison between Bogie and the British hottie. Zap2It is reporting that Owen has been tapped by Universal to star in a new film franchise as Philip Marlowe, the detective in Raymond Chandler's novels. (Bogart played the Marlowe character in the film version of Chandler's The Big Sleep. For details,

According to the article:

Universal Pictures and Strike Entertainment have acquired rights to Chandler's novels, including "The Big Sleep" and "Farewell My Lovely." Nobody has yet decided which book they want to adapt, much less who will be doing the adaptation, but Owen is attached as both star and executive producer.

I've always wondered why Owen hasn't become a much bigger star, so perhaps this franchise could be his ticket to blockbuster status. What do you guys think about the idea of Detective Clive?

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Jinx Jinx 10 years
I guess this is a good role for him. Big shoes to fill tho. ------------------------------------------------------ Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. — Albert Einstein
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
What a perfect pairing. Raymond Chandler created the best detective novels and Clive Owen will be a wonderful Philip Marlowe. Thanks for the news, Buzz.
local-tennis-pro local-tennis-pro 10 years
I've loved Clive Owen ever since the Croupier and the BMW shorts he did. But I love Chandler even more. Way more in fact. He pretty much made the hard-boiled detective genre in the 30s, and if you loved LA Confidential, you should pick up one of his books. Very exciting news. Thanks buzzsugar!
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