Egyptian multihyphenate Amr Waked has joined the cast of the sci-fi actioner “Geostorm,” which stars Gerard Butler, and which will be directed by Dean Devlin, who teamed with Roland Emmerich to produce 1996’s “Independence Day.”
The project tells the very topical tale of catastrophic climate change that threatens to destroy the world.
Currently shooting in New Orleans, “Geostorm” also co-stars Katheryn Winnick, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia and child actor Sterling Jerins.
Amr Waked has been cast to play a character named Ray Dussette, who’s described as an impatient, intimidating security expert who works hard to keep everyone safe. Butler stars as the French head of security at an international space station when the earth’s climate control satellites fail to function.
The film marks the feature directorial debut for Devlin, whose Electric Entertainment is producing with Skydance Productions.
Warner Bros. will release the picture on October 21, 2016.
Egypt most recognized international actor, Waked was most recently seen in in “Lucy,” opposite Scarlett Johansson. He also appears on the Netflix original series “Marco Polo.”
In his native Egypt, Waked runs Zad Communication & Production, a film company he launched after the 2011 Tahrir Square uprising, with partner Al Hanafy, to make films depicting Egypt from new, uncensored angles.
We’ve covered 2 films produced under the Zad banner on this blog, including Egyptian auteur Ibrahim El Batout’s latest – a Cairo-set action thriller titled “El Ott” (“The Cat” in English), which centers on the very topical matter of human organ trafficking in Egypt. In short, Egypt’s recent political upheavals, which left a temporary law enforcement gap in the country, reportedly allowed what have been called mob-led organ-trafficking rings to thrive.
Waked is not only producing the film; he’s also starring in it. He’s joined by Palestinian actor Mohammad Bakri, Egyptian actress-model Sarah Shaheen, and Egyptian actor Salah Al Hanafy, who played the sadistic security officer in El Batout’s lasty film, the acclaimed “Winter of Discontent,” which is set and filmed against the backdrop of the early days of the Egyptian revolution – specifically, the protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in January 2011 – interweaving multiple stories, including that of a political activist, a journalist and a state security officer.
The film drew some controversy because of its raw and honest handling of the volatile subject matter it tackles.
In addition to “The Cat,” another one of Zad’s upcoming projects is “The Exile” by Atef Hetata, a romantic drama set against the backdrop of the real-life production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida” at the 3,500-year-old Pharaonic Temple in Luxor, in 1987.