RICHARD GERE portrays a homeless man in New York in Oren Moverman’s ‘Time Out of Mind’.
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Richard Gere will star in Oppenheimer, the latest movie by American- born Israeli director Joseph Cedar, according to a report in Yediot Aharonot. Reached for comment via email, Cedar would neither confirm nor deny that Gere had been cast.
Cedar’s last two feature films, Beaufort and Footnote, were nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscars.
Oppenheimer is about an American Jewish businessman, and it will be set both in New York and Jerusalem. It is being financed in part by several Israeli film funds, among them the Jerusalem Film Fund, as well as by foreign investors.
Gere, who has starred in dozens of movies, among them Chicago, Pretty Woman and American Gigolo, visited Israel in 2004 to attend the Cinema South Film Festival in Sderot, and gave a master class there. Gere has visited the country on other occasions as well, and has met with Israeli and Palestinian actors in Jaffa and Ramallah.
The actor, known for his devotion to Zen Buddhism as well as acting, is currently starring in Time Out of Mind, a drama about a homeless man in New York written and directed by Oren Moverman, which was recently shown at the New York Film Festival. Moverman, who was born in Israel, lived here until age 12 and then moved to the US with his family, is best known for directing The Messenger, starring Woody Harrelson, and for writing a number of screenplays, among them I’m Not There and Rampart.