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Claire Foy, who will feature in Rosewater, written and directed by Daily Show host Jon Stewart. The film will shoot later this month on locations in Jordan and the UK.
Stewart’s movie is an adaptation of the 2011 book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival, and is about the imprisonment in Iran’s notorious Evin prison of Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-born documentary film-maker and journalist who travelled from Canada to cover the 2009 presidential election in Tehran.
Bahari, accused of being a spy for MI6, the CIA, Mossad and bizarrely, Newsweek magazine, was held for 118 days, during which time his wife, Paola Gourley (Foy), a London-based lawyer, was experiencing a complicated pregnancy. Gael Garcia Bernal will portray Bahari, with Shohreh Aghdashloo as his mother.
Rosewater refers to the scent favoured by Bahari’s interrogator. Bahari had appeared on Stewart’s show before his Iranian ordeal.