Novak Djokovic will be starring in a 10-part Serbian mini-series about the life of Yugoslav King Aleksandar I.* It comes as no surprise that Nole will be playing the role of the king. His brother Dordje will be playing Aleksandar as a “young man.” Because, you know, Nole is so dang old (the King was assassinated at age 45).
Here’s the scoop from Xinhua:
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic will act as a king in a new TV series about the life of Yugoslav King Aleksandar Karadjordjevic (1888-1934), according to an announcement in Belgrade on Wednesday. Aleksandar Karadjordjevic was the first king of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia as well as the last king of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.
The series, comprising 10 episodes, will have a budget of 2,779,000 euros, while the role of King Aleksandar will be played by Novak Djokovic and the filming schedule begins in March 2010 and will be adapted in line with Djokovic’s.
Novak Djokovic’s youngest brother, Djordje, will be playing young Aleksandar Karadjordjevic.
The director Stojan Stojcic noted that the work on the series dated back to 2005, adding that it was an important project that would help promote Serbia in the world and that it would probably be aired in 2011.
Anyone else see a resemblance?
A message on Novak’s official website* hints that he’s taking Hollywood by storm, hitting the big screen in Iron Man 2:
The world number three has got acting offers. Novak said he had an offer for a major role in a series and a smaller role in a Hollywood movie, as well as in a series about King Aleksandar Karadjordjevic.
He should appear in the sequel of the Hollywood action hit “Iron Man” with Robert Downey Jr. in the title role. The world premiere of the film is expected in early May 2010.
What? Novak Djokovic in Iron Man? Does Serena know this is happening? I thought she had first dibs on the tennis-star-cum-action-hero roles. I’m not complaining, but I do hope Hollywood’s casting directors are keeping Marat Safin in mind for the next James Bond villain. Or James Bond. Or anything, really.
“Serbian number one racket is not only a top athlete. He is widely known as the charming guy who likes to talk and entertain.”
“Novak has tried out modeling. Like almost every athlete he has carved body and isn’t ashamed to show it.”
“Novak has stepped out into the world of music. He’s a guest on a debut album of his colleagues, the best doubles team in the world, brothers Bob and Mike Bryan.”
“Despite the risks of injury and suggestions to avoid ski slopes, he’s ready to take a risk and is not afraid of snowy challenges.”
“Novak is a role model for many children and is aware of that.”
“Versatile Nole has been drawing attention, not only with his success on tennis courts, but also with his impressions of his colleagues.”
“When you are young and desirable, it is normal that people connect you with various beauties.”
Does Nole’s blood smell like cologne? Has he once had an awkward moment (at the US Open) just to see how it feels? Move over Dos Equis man, I think we’ve found the real Most Interesting Man in the World!
And now for the requisite hot tub photo:
(via Throw Up the Deuce)
Stay thirsty, my friends!
*On a post on the “Serbian side” of Nole’s site, he’s denying that he will be taking part in the miniseries. Note that Nole’s own website has also posted an article stating that he will be playing the part, so I guess everyone’s a little confused (via Google translate):
“During the past week, several local print and electronic media have published papers with the content stating that Novak will play the role of King Alexander Karadjordjevic in the new series, directed by Stojan Stojcic. On the occasion of this writing we are obliged to deny the same, because the agreement between the production company “Medijala Alexander Production” and our best player was not reached.”
Come on guys, let’s find a way to make this happen! There’s plenty of time to film between the Australian and Indian Wells.
Thanks to Ellen for the update!