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Monica Bellucci joins 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'

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Monica Bellucci, star of Shoot ‘Em Up and the French film Ne te retourne pas (Don’t Look Back, premiering this weekend at Cannes), will play opposite Nicholas Cage in Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, according to Variety. Belluci’s sorceress Veronica is the long-lost love of Cage’s character, Balthazar Blake. Directed by Jon Turteltaub, the film about a sorcerer who recruits and trains a young protege to fight forces of darkness in modern-day Manhattan is scheduled for a July 2010 release.