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LONDON, Nov 1, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- British actor Kenneth Branagh is directing a big screen version of Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" with a cast of young stars.

Branagh's friend and fellow actor Stephen Fry has written a libretto for the film, which they are setting in World War I, the BBC reported Tuesday.

The story will follow Tamino, a soldier who sets off looking for love on the eve of battle and ends up in a twilight dream world.

Branaugh's cast includes Joseph Kaiser as Tamino, Amy Carson as Pamina and Ben Davis as Papageno.

Musical director James Conlon, who was awarded France's Legion d'Honneur in 2001, will conduct the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the BBC said.

Filming is set to begin in Britain in January.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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