Israeli actor Yoav Levy recently joined the cast of Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow's promising film about the military hunt for Osama bin Laden.
Levy will be portraying Abu Faraj al-Libi, a senior member of al-Qaeda who was considered to be third in command of the organization. Libi was arrested by Pakistan Inter-Services and transferred under American custody to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
Reports say that the plot of the Indie film was based on an earlier unsuccessful mission to try to kill the al-Qaeda leader responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attack on the US as he hid in the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The Israeli actor met with Bigelow and her screenwriter collaborator Mark Boal in Amman, Jordan where he was cast for the part. The project initially began back in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks but production of the film only recently began in India.
This role will be Levy's first substantial role in an international film. During his career, Levy mainly performed on the stages of the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv.
"I'm very excited and thrilled to have received this opportunity. Bigelow and Boal are very nice and professional," Levy said in response to his future role.
According to several reports, the film is to incorporate other actors such as Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt and Joel Edgerton. The project was initially named "Killing bin Laden" but the final name of the film has yet to be decided due to script changes and developments including the assassination of bin Laden in May 2011.