NewsWire: "Aragorn" to Saddle Up for Pony Express Film - The Hollywood Reporter

Viggo Mortensen as "Aragorn."
Viggo Mortensen is in negotiations to star in "Hidalgo," the Walt Disney Co. horse-racing tale scheduled to be a summer 2003 tentpole release. Mortensen, fresh off his role as Aragon in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," will play a Pony Express courier turned international horse racer in "Hidalgo."

The film, which will be directed by Joe Johnston, is an action-adventure Western based on the true story of an 1890 Pony Express courier. It is the underdog tale of a cowboy who travels throughout the world with his mustang, Hidalgo, to compete against Arabian thoroughbreds in a dangerous race.

Viggo Mortensen had been in negotiations to star in Myriad Pictures' "Borgia" but opted for the Disney Western instead. "Hidalgo" is being produced by Casey Silver and is expected to start shooting in the summer. In addition to the "Rings" trilogy, Mortensen's credits include roles in "28 Days," "Psycho" and "A Perfect Murder." The actor is repped by CAA and manager Lynn Rawlins.

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