Comic actor John Cleese signs on to Israeli film

Monty Python star will play eccentric British lord in comedy 'Hunting Elephants' directed by Reshef Levi.

May 21, 2012 11:03
John Cleese

John Cleese 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Jim Ruymen)

British comic actor John Cleese has signed on to a film by Israeli director Reshef Levi.

Cleese will play a disgraced, eccentric British lord in the heist comedy Hunting Elephants, in which three Israeli senior citizens help a 12-year-old boy hatch a plan to rob a bank in order to save his family home.

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Cleese's participation was announced last week at the Cannes Film Festival and reported first by the Hollywood Reporter.

The veteran comic actor will be busy this year as he is set to reunite with his Monty Python co-stars for a new film project. Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones will reform the legendary comedy ensemble for the science-fiction comedy Absolutely Anything, TheWrap confirmed in January.

Jones will direct the film, with Cleese, Palin and Gilliam playing aliens and possibly several other additional roles, in true Python tradition.

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