Belle, Strait Flash Back to '10,000 B.C.'

The fate of the world, historically speaking, rests in the hands of the stars of "Undiscovered" and "When a Stranger Calls." Are you afraid yet?

According to the industry trade papers, director Roland Emmerich -- who has put the world through plenty of trauma in his directing career -- has selected Steven Strait and Camilla Belle to topline his sure-to-be-big-budget historical epic "10,000 B.C."

Set to begin shooting by the end of April. "10,000 B.C." is a Warner Bros. production, a potential summer release for 2007.

In the drama, sure to cause discomfort for confused sorts who think the Earth is closer to 3000 years old, Strait plays some sort of primitive tribesman, a low-level mammoth hunter who years for Belle's character, a princess. Somehow it's left up to our hero to save his tribe and possibly to save proto-humanity.

Emmerich ("Independence Day," "The Day After Tomorrow," "Godzilla") co-wrote the original script with Harald Kloser, though Robert Rodat ("Saving Private Ryan") did the last draft. Like all historically accurate people of the time period, the heroes of "10,000 B.C." will speak English.

Credits for Strait include "Undiscovered," "Sky High" and the upcoming "The Covenant."

Before toplining the recent remake of "When a Stranger Calls," Belle was best known for indies like "The Ballad of Jack and Rose" and "The Chumscrubber."

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