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Cool Water gets a prophet

French actor Tahar Rahim caused a storm with his performance in Oscar-nommed drama A Prophet this year.

Where do you go from there? Well, a Palestinian comedy, by all accounts. The young actor is in negotiations to take the lead in Serbian director Emir Kusturica’s Cool Water , which is looking to shoot in September.

Rahim would play one of two brothers who attempt to smuggle their dead father’s body from Jerusalem to Ramallah while hiding from Israeli police and Russian mobsters. Mark this one a determinedly black comedy, then.

The production is a micro-budget effort, looking to shoot for just 4.5m Euros – only a quarter of which has actually been raised by investors. We imagine that if Rahim signed on, the production team would soon be dancing in money.

Rahim will next be seen in his first post- Prophet role in The Eagle Of The Ninth , directed by Kevin Macdonald.

Meanwhile, Kusturica is also lining up former collaborator Johnny Depp (see: Arizona Dream ) to star in another of his projects, Seven Friends Of Pancho Villa And The Woman With Six Fingers (a title literally drippng with awesomeness). Depp would play a Mexican revolutionary.

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