Steve Buscemi and Michael Sheen have both joined the cast of Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar’s first English language movie Oppenheimer Strategies , Deadline has reported. The movie’s cast is already headlined by Richard Gere.
Buscemi, the star of the recently ended HBO drama “Boardwalk Empire, ” is of course known for having appeared in a slew of independent movies from “Reservoir Dogs” to “Fargo.”
The British actor Sheen is best known for his dead on portrayal of former English Prime Minister Tony Blair in the Oscar winning movie “The Queen” opposite Helen Mirren who played Queen Elizabeth.
Sheen can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Showtime original drama “Master of Sex” in which he plays the real life sex researcher from the 1950s Dr. Master. The show co-stars Lizzy Kaplan.
Sheen is also rumored to be dating Sara Silverman.
The film’s Israeli co-producer Oren Moverman said, “All of us are absolutely thrilled to have this incredible cast bring Joseph’s brilliant script to life. We are so excited to start shooting and to bring this remarkable film to a worldwide audience.”
In the now under production Oppenheimer Gere will play the title character alongside Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi. The movie will be filmed in both New York and Israel.
Gere’s character, Norman Oppenheimer, is a New York Jewish activist who begins a relationship with an Israeli politician one day on Madison Ave. Oppenheimer buys the Israeli an expensive pair of shoes that he could not afford to buy for himself.
The film also marks the first time that Gere will play a Jew in a movie.
It also stars American actor Josh Charles (Sportsnight) and the British actor Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey).
Its director, Joseph Cedar, has twice had his films nominated for the best foreign language Oscar, 2007’s “Beaufort” and 2011’s “Footnote.”