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The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) Poster

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Kathryn Bigelow refused to direct when Luc Besson insisted that Milla Jovovich, his wife at the time, played the lead.
Most of the characters in the film, including Joan's captains, were real historical persons. Giles de Rais (Vincent Cassel's character) was a real person who after the war and Joan's death retired to his lands. Years later, he was arrested for the murder of more than a hundred young boys and was executed. Some historians believe that his crimes became the basis for the French fairy tale "Bluebeard" about a rich man who murders his wives and hides their bodies in his grand house.
When Kathryn Bigelow was attached to direct, she had cast Sinéad O'Connor as Joan of Arc and Sean Connery as The Conscience.
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Kathryn Bigelow filed suit in California against Luc Besson for plagiarizing historical research that she had done when she was involved in the project. Besson settled with her amicably out of court.
Filming lasted 9 months.
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Jack Nicholson was considered for the role that went to Dustin Hoffman. Milla Jovovich said, "I'm glad it wasn't him. He's an incredible actor but it's Hoffman I want to work with."
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Milla Jovovich and Faye Dunaway both played Milady De Winter in the film adaptations of The Three Musketeers. Dunaway played her in The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974) and Jovovich played her in The Three Musketeers (2011).
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The last film of Joseph O'Conor.
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