Bond Bad Guy Bean to 'Ronin'

By Josh Chetwynd.

Sean Bean, who played James Bond's nemesis Alec Trevelyan in "GoldenEye," and Natascha McElhone, who made her debut as Picasso's wife in "Surviving Picasso," are joining Robert De Niro, Jean Reno and Stellan Skarsgard in the cast of United Artists' big-budget action-adventure "Ronin."

The film is about an international team of former intelligence agents who are hired to carry out a dangerous mission. Both Bean and McElhone will play part of the team. Directed by John Frankenheimer, the picture begins a scheduled 72-day shoot on Nov. 3 in France. Frank Mancuso Jr. is producing. Credits for Bean, who is represented by ICM's Jason Barrett and Michael Foster, include "Patriot Games," "Black Beauty" and "Anna Karenina." McElhone, who is represented by CAA, starred in the yet-to-be released independent film "Mrs. Dalloway," based on the Virginia Woolf novel about a single day in London just after World War I.

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