Hollywood star Richard Gere is to play a penguin photographer in a romantic movie entitled EMPEROR ZEHNDER.

Based on an article in American magazine Vanity Fair, it is the true story of BRUNO P ZEHNDER - who dedicated his life to photographing Emperor penguins in the Antarctic.

He embarks on a love affair with a New York-based doctor who accompanies him on one of his photographic journeys.

The movie - directed by GREGORY HOBLIT - is likely to be partly shot in the Antarctic.

Gere will make the film after he co-stars with Latina stunner JENNIFER LOPEZ in Miramax's remake of Shall We Dance.