BRUSHING UP: Clive Owen breezed into Milan Tuesday for his new role as the face of Bulgari’s men’s scent, dubbed Bulgari Man, slated to hit shelves in September. But film work galore beckons. “I’ve just wrapped shooting an action thriller in Melbourne, Australia with Jason Statham and Robert De Niro,” said Owen of his forthcoming role in the spy thriller “The Killer Elite,” in which he portrays an SAS soldier, based on a Ranulph Fiennes book set in the Eighties. “I worked out a lot for the role, as there’s a lot of fight stuff.” Up next is a summer of shooting for the forthcoming “Intruders” by Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, which Owen described as “a psychological horror” set in London and Madrid. It will then be a “Farewell to Arms,” as Owen confirmed reports he’s to play Ernest Hemingway opposite Nicole Kidman (as Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway’s third wife) in an upcoming HBO film, directed by Philip Kaufman and produced by James Gandolfini. “We’re not starting filming until next February, which I’m very relieved about because it gives me time to reread his work,” said Owen.

This story first appeared in the June 23, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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