Kruger, Mirren Join the Hunt in 'National Treasure: Book of Secrets'

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Kruger, Mirren Join the Hunt in 'National Treasure: Book of Secrets'


Joining Nicolas Cage as historianturned-treasure-hunter in Walt Disney Pictures' "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" are two remarkable actresses portraying pivotal characters: Diane Kruger and recent Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren ("The Queen").

In this sequel to the 2004 blockbuster, Ben Gates (Cage) once again sets out on an exhilarating, action-packed new global quest to unearth hidden history and treasures. When a missing page from the diary of John Wilkes Booth surfaces, Ben's greatgreat grandfather is suddenly implicated as a key conspirator in Abraham Lincoln's death. Determined to prove his ancestor's innocence, Ben follows an international chain of clues that takes him on a chase from Paris to London and ultimately back to America. This journey leads Ben and his crew not only to surprising revelations - but to the trail of the world's most treasured secrets.

Returning for another adventure is Diane Kruger who as Abigail Chase discovered the Templar Treasure with Ben Gates in the first film. "I think the first film was successful because it took history that everyone has heard of, and put it in a brand-new light of adventure and treasure hunting," says the German-born Kruger. "It was a surprise to me how successful "National Treasure" was in Europe and the rest of the world because of its American theme, but I guess treasure hunting goes a long way. I was excited by the idea that the second film opened up to locations in London and Paris, because everyone in the world can feel even more involved in the story.

"At the end of the first film, we left Ben and Abigail off falling in love and becoming a couple, and this one starts with them breaking up," continues Kruger. …

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