Date: 3rd February 2005

Gere turns down The Sound of Music

Richard Gere has turned down the lead role in The Sound of Music.

Andrew Lloyd Webber has reportedly been trying for over a year to secure the actor in the role of Captain Von Trapp reports

A spokeswoman for Webber's Really Useful Group says: "Nothing has been announced yet - it's all in very early stages.

Richard Gere has been approached but it looks like other Hollywood films will take precedence - even after Lloyd Webber asked him personally."

Source: Press Release