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Idris Elba to star in The Alchemist big screen adaptation

 Luther star Idris Elba is in talks to play the lead role in the <g data-gr-id="15">much-talked about</g> <g data-gr-id="18">film</g> adaptation of Paulo Coelho’s bestselling novel The Alchemist.

The Weinstein Company is also eyeing director Laurence Fishburne to helm the long-gestating project, reported Deadline.

The Alchemist centres on a young Spaniard who embarks on a quest to find a hidden treasure within the Egyptian pyramids.

No deals have closed yet, but this is said to be a passion project for both producer Harvey Weinstein and Fishburne. The production house is hoping to get this in front of cameras in 2016.

Coelho’s book is something of a publishing sensation, having sold more than 65 million copies in 56 different languages.

It reputedly holds the Guinness world record for most translated work by a living author. 
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