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‘The Looming Tower’ Star Tahar Rahim on Playing a Muslim FBI Agent Instead of a Terrorist (as Usual)

‘The Looming Tower’ Star Tahar Rahim on Playing a Muslim FBI Agent Instead of a Terrorist (as Usual)
A version of this story about Tahar Rahim first appeared in the Miniseries/Movies issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

When Tahar Rahim first met Ali Soufan, the real-life former FBI agent he plays in Hulu’s gripping limited series “The Looming Tower,” Soufan hit him with a pointed parting shot.

“He said, ‘And if you don’t accept this role, you will never again have the right to complain that you only get offers to play terrorists,'” Rahim said, laughing.

In fact, Rahim had complained about exactly that in the past. Although the French actor with Algerian ancestry had made a name for himself in such notable European films as Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet” and Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past,” he had spent fruitless years trying to land acceptable English-language projects.

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The Chance Call That Led To Tahar Rahim’s Triumphant Hollywood Breakthrough In ‘The Looming Tower’

Tahar Rahim owes his UTA agent, Ali Benmohamed, a huge thank you. If it weren't for Benmohamed's insistence that Rahim read the script for The Looming Tower, in spite of Rahim's blanket refusal to read anything that would cast Muslims as terrorists, he might never have played perhaps the most defining role of his career since his international breakthrough in Jacques Audiard's A Prophet in 2009. But so far, so agent. What makes Benmohamed so essential to Rahim chasing the…
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‘The Looming Tower’: How Lawrence Wright’s 9/11 Mission Became Must-See Television

Just a few days after 9/11, author Lawrence Wright was already searching for the right character to serve as the spine of his investigation into the horrific World Trade Center bombings. “You can’t write about 3,000 deaths, but you can write about one,” he told me.

When he found John O’Neill’s obituary in The Washington Post, he felt a spooky familiarity. “The import of his life and death carries the story. This former FBI agent, who was washed out of the FBI for taking classified information out of the office, wound up as head of security at the World Trade Center. This is the man who was supposed to get Bin Laden — and Bin Laden got him.”

Wright’s book contains weird echoes of “The Siege,” a prophetic 1998 Ed Zwick thriller co-written by Wright that starred Denzel Washington as the head of security at the World Trade Center; Tony Shalhoub
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‘The Looming Tower’: How Lawrence Wright’s 9/11 Mission Became Must-See Television

Just a few days after 9/11, author Lawrence Wright was already searching for the right character to serve as the spine of his investigation into the horrific World Trade Center bombings. “You can’t write about 3,000 deaths, but you can write about one,” he told me.

When he found John O’Neill’s obituary in The Washington Post, he felt a spooky familiarity. “The import of his life and death carries the story. This former FBI agent, who was washed out of the FBI for taking classified information out of the office, wound up as head of security at the World Trade Center. This is the man who was supposed to get Bin Laden — and Bin Laden got him.”

Wright’s book contains weird echoes of “The Siege,” a prophetic 1998 Ed Zwick thriller co-written by Wright that starred Denzel Washington as the head of security at the World Trade Center; Tony Shalhoub
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‘The Sisters Brothers’ First Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal Plan a 19th Century Assassination

‘The Sisters Brothers’ First Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal Plan a 19th Century Assassination
With Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, and Riz Ahmed in front of the camera, “The Sisters Brothers” is easily one of the most star-studded offerings of the fall movie season. The dark comedy, based on Patrick Dewitt’s 2011 novel of the same name, marks the English-language debut of French director Jacques Audiard. The filmmaker is best known for “A Prophet,” “Rust and Bone,” and “Dheepan,” which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2015.

The Sisters Brothers” is set in 1851 and stars Phoenix and Reilly as sibling assassins who are tasked with traveling from Oregon City to San Francisco to murder a chemist (Ahmed) who has stolen from their boss. The brothers work with a prospector (Gyllenhaal) to track the chemist down, but their plan gets turned upside down when everyone discovers what the chemist is really cooking. Rutger Hauer, Carol Kane, and Rebecca Root co-star.

Annapurna is distributing
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‘Treat Me Like Fire’s Stacy Martin, Tahar Rahim & Marie Monge On High-Stakes Addiction Thriller – Cannes Studio

Marie Monge, a Deadline One To Watch this year, received strong notices for her debut feature, Treat Me Like Fire (Joueurs) here in the Directors' Fortnight section. The film stars Tahar Rahim and Stacy Martin, a breakout in Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac. The trio visited the Deadline Cannes Studio to discuss the film's themes of addiction and the challenges of leaving intense experiences on set. Martin is Ella, whose life is turned upside…
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New Faces of French Cinema Making Waves at Cannes

UniFrance hosts talks 9:30 a.m. May 13 with New Faces of French Cinema at the UniFrance Terrace.

Leïla Bekhti

“Sink or Swim”

After debuting with supporting roles in such films as the gonzo-horror pic “Sheitan” and offering the sole female presence in macho juggernaut “A Prophet,” actress Bekhti became movie star Bekhti with the release of her 2010 comedy “All That Glitters.” Though that breakthrough role landed her a César and increased her box-office clout, the Parisian has not allowed herself to get too comfortable in any one gear.

“All my roles have to scare me,” she says. “Fear is reassuring; if one day I arrived on set and didn’t feel a bit afraid, that would be the end. Being afraid doesn’t stop me, it pushes me forward.”

So she has continually sought out first-time filmmakers, and is trying her hand at producing, developing a feature with theater director Julie Duclos.
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Playtime Acquires Un Certain Regard Drama ‘Angel Face,’ With Marion Cotillard

Playtime Acquires Un Certain Regard Drama ‘Angel Face,’ With Marion Cotillard
Playtime has acquired international sales to Vanessa Filho’s feature debut “Angel Face,” which will world premiere in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film stars Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard as Marlene, a single mother who lives with her 8-year-old daughter, Elli, in a small town near the French Riviera. One day, Marlene suddenly chooses to abandon her daughter for a man she has just met during yet another night of excess. Elli must confront her mother’s demons to get her back.

Shot by star cinematographer Guillaume Schiffman (“The Artist”), “Angel Face” is produced by well-established producer Marc Missonnier (“Marguerite”) via his banner, Moana Films, and Carole Lambert (“Free Angela and All Political Prisoners”) through her new company, Windy Production. Stephane Celerier’s Mars Films is co-producing and will distribute it in France on May 23.

Angel Face” was written by Filho, in collaboration with Alain Dias,
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Nd/Nf Review: ‘A Violent Life’ is as Distant as the Island and the Lost Generation it Portrays

The past is a home country in Corsica-born French director Thierry de Peretti’s second feature, A Violent Life. A crime saga chronicling Corsica’s gruesome 1990s nationalist feuds via the rise and fall of the lost generation who took part in them, it captures a topic seldom shown on the big screen, but a few scattered hints of old and recent mafia classics aside (from Coppola’s Godfather trilogy to Francesco Munzi’s 2014 Black Souls), the end result never quite feels like the gripping thriller it could have been.

The entry point in the island’s troubled decade is Stéphane (played here by newcomer Jean Michelangeli, in an assured debut). A bespectacled and tame-looking Paris-based Corsican, his cushy life in the capital takes a U-turn after an old time friend is murdered in the island by local thugs. Shaken but seemingly not surprised by the assassination, he ignores his
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Zoe and the Astronaut's Ian Reddington goes West

Ian Reddington, who stars in Eke Chukwu's Zoe and the Astronaut, will be starring alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly in this years upcoming Western: The Sisters Brothers, directed by BAFTA Award Winning Director Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet). The indie feature is based on Patrick deWitt’s novel of the same name and follows the story of two brothers — Eli and Charlie Sisters — who are hired to kill a prospector who has stolen from their boss. The story takes place in Oregon in 1851. "The Sisters Brothers" is Audiard’s follow-up to his Palme d’Or winning “Dheepan,” which premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The Noir Western will be Audiard's first film shot completely in English and also stars...

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Bill Nighy, Caleb Landry Jones & Jay Baruchel Join Lone Scherfig Drama, Shoot Underway In Toronto

Bill Nighy, Caleb Landry Jones & Jay Baruchel Join Lone Scherfig Drama, Shoot Underway In Toronto
Exclusive: Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Caleb Landry Jones (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri) and Jay Baruchel (Goon) are joining the cast of Lone Scherfig’s latest movie, I can reveal. The movie is now underway in Toronto and will soon head to Copenhagen and New York. As previously announced, Andrea Riseborough (Death Of Stalin), Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick) also star in the ensemble piece from the One Day and Their Finest filmmaker, who…
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'The Looming Tower': Why Tahar Rahim Is Hulu Drama's Secret Weapon

'The Looming Tower': Why Tahar Rahim Is Hulu Drama's Secret Weapon
When you watch The Looming Tower, Hulu's ambitious 10-episode adaptation of Lawrence Wright's 2006 book on the intelligence failures and international terrorist conspiracy that led up to 9/11, you'll find yourself keying in to a number of the show's moving parts and characters. There's the globetrotting narrative, with the series whisking viewers from New York and D.C. to terrorist cells in Eastern Europe, training camps near Pakistan's border and bombed embassies in Nairobi. There's the volatile F.B.I. hotshot John O'Neill and the head of the C.I.A.'s Al Qaeda unit Martin Schmidt,
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Lone Scherfig to Direct Modern-Day Fairy Tale “Secrets from the Russian Tea Room”

Scherfig: The Movie Times/YouTube

Lone Scherfig’s follow-up to “Their Finest” sees her leaving the London Blitz behind for a modern-day fairy tale set in New York City. The Danish filmmaker has signed on to write and direct “Secrets from the Russian Tea Room,” Deadline reports. Zoe Kazan (“The Big Sick”), Andrea Riseborough (“Battle of the Sexes”), and Tahar Rahim (“A Prophet”) will star.

The pic tells the story of four people suffering through the worst crises of their lives. That same year, they “gradually become each other’s closest allies and forever change one another’s lives through compassion, kindness, and love.”

A collaboration between multiple countries, “Secrets from the Russian Tea Room” will be produced by Malene Blenkov (“Bridgend”) for Creative Alliance and Canada’s Strada Films, in co-production with France’s D’Artagnan, Germany’s Nadcon, and Sweden’s Unlimited Stories. The pic’s production will kick
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Amber Heard to star in romantic thriller Run Away With Me

Justice League and Aquaman star Amber Heard has signed on for the lead role in director Fred Grivois’ (Through the Air) romantic thriller Run Away With Me from Sentinel Pictures and Xyz Films.

The film, which will begin production later this year, follows “Tom and Kimberly (Heard), two star-crossed lovers escaping the dark criminal underbelly of the European modeling industry. Tom, an American visiting Paris for his best friend’s bachelor party, falls for the beautiful, mysterious Kimberly. When Tom learns a surprising truth about her, his trip takes a lethal turn; the two embark on a riveting journey through Paris streets to start a new life together.”

Director Grivois is a longtime collaborator of Jacques Audiard, and directed the dream sequences in A Prophet and the opening sequence and titles of Rust and Bone before making his feature debut with Through the Air.

Heard will next be seen reprising
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Amber Heard to Star in Romantic Thriller ‘Run Away With Me’ (Exclusive)

Amber Heard to Star in Romantic Thriller ‘Run Away With Me’ (Exclusive)
Amber Heard has been cast as the lead in Sentinel Pictures and XYZ Films’ romantic thriller “Run Away With Me.”

Fred Grivois is directing with Matthew Ian Cirulnick penning the script. Adam Brawer and David Beitchman of Sentinel Pictures will produce with Nate Bolotin, Aram Tertzakian, and Raphaël Rocher exec producing.

The pic is scheduled for production later this year with XYZ handling worldwide sales at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. Sentinel Pictures acquired the film as an original pitch by Cirulnick, and they developed it together.

The story is centered on Tom and Kimberly (Heard), two star-crossed lovers escaping the dark criminal underbelly of the European modeling industry. Tom, an American visiting Paris for his best friend’s bachelor party, falls for the beautiful, mysterious Kimberly. When Tom learns a surprising truth about her, his trip takes a lethal turn; the two embark on a riveting journey through Paris streets to start a new life
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Sam Raimi To Direct ‘The Kingkiller Chronicle’

While Sam Raimi has been keeping busy as a producer, on the directing front, he hasn’t been behind the camera of any feature film since 2013’s “Oz The Great And Powerful.” And while he’s lined up no shortage of projects including a remake of “A Prophet,” “World War 3,” the tornado heist flick “Stormfall,” and a Bermuda triangle project, nothing has really stuck (he even turned down “The Flash: Flashpoint“).

Continue reading Sam Raimi To Direct ‘The Kingkiller Chronicle’ at The Playlist.
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Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler Talks About James Bond Influences and What Makes The Film Unique

Last night we got another great trailer for Black Panther to get the fans even more pumped up for the film. Today, Fandango posted an interview with director Ryan Coogler in which he talks about several different aspects of the film. A couple of highlights include how he was influenced by James Bond and other films, and he also discusses how the movie would be unique, different, and avoid superhero movie fatigue.

When talking about the films that influenced him while he was making Black Panther, Ryan Coogler said:

"Yeah, definitely with James Bond. I think similar to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we're definitely influenced by the films of the '70s and influenced by crime fiction."For me, I try to pull from a wide variety of films. I love watching movies, man. I’ve been a fan of watching movies way before I even knew I would ever make them.
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Shot Caller review – taut, tense prison thriller that's unexpectedly impressive

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is terrific as a blameless family man transformed into a tattooed hard case by his time in jail following a fatal road accident

The last film by Ric Roman Waugh I caught was the fantastically improbable and overblown Snitch, about the war on drugs. My expectations here were tepid. But Shot Caller turns out to be a really taut, tense, prison-set thriller, a little like Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet and longform television such as Breaking Bad or The Wire.

Game of ThronesNikolaj Coster-Waldau plays Jacob, a blameless financial trader and family man who is sent to prison for accidentally killing someone while driving through a red light. Advised by his nervy lawyer to play it tough on his first day in the yard, Jacob catastrophically gets involved in a fight with an African-American prisoner and gets befriended by an extreme white-power gang – persuaded that hanging with
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Phares et Balises Ramps Up TV Drama Production, Expands Into Film (Exclusive)

Phares et Balises, one of France’s top documentary production banners, is expanding its slate of high-profile drama series and moving into feature films.

The Paris-based company, launched 25 years ago by Jean Labib, has partnered up with Alvaro Longoria (“Everybody Knows”) of Spain’s Morena Films and Laura Bickford (“Traffic”) in the U.S. to develop the feature film “The Man Who Loved Dogs,” which “Narcos” helmer Jose Padilha is attached to direct. The English-language project, adapted from Leonardo Padura’s novel, is a multilayered political thriller revolving around the encounter between a struggling Cuban writer and an exiled Spaniard who turns out to be the man who assassinated Leon Trotsky in Mexico City in 1940.

Phares et Balises has also recently hired French veteran producer Marco Cherqui, whose credits include Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet.” Cherqui is currently developing a roster of ambitious drama series, notably Rebecca Zlotowski’s “Les Sauvages” and Jean-Marc Rudnicki’s “After the Crash
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Tahar Rahim, Stacy Martin to Topline ‘Joueurs’ (Exclusive)

Tahar Rahim, Stacy Martin to Topline ‘Joueurs’ (Exclusive)
Tahar Rahim (“The Past,” “A Prophet”) and Stacy Martin (“Nymphomaniac,” “Redoutables”) are starring in “Joueurs,” a romance-crime drama that takes place in the clandestine gambling club network.

The film marks the directorial debut of Marie Monge, whose short “Marseille la nuit” was nominated for a Cesar in 2014. Michael Gentile at Paris-based The Film, whose credits include Julie Delpy’s “Lolo,” is producing.

“Joueurs” revolves around the relationship between a gambling addict and a young woman who falls madly in love with him and will stop at nothing to win his heart.

The key crew includes Paul Guilhaume, the cinematographer of “Ava,” which premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week.

The script was penned by Monge, Julien Guetta (“Le petit locataire”) and Romain Compingt, the co-writer of Houda Benyamina’s Golden Camera winning “Divines.”

Gentille said Monge developed the script for three years and did extensive research in underground gambling club networks to depict the characters accurately and give them
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