Richard Gere Due in Israel for Joseph Cedar's New Film

'Oppenheimer Strategies' focuses on Gere as a New York executive, the Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi as a rising Israeli politician, and the relationship they forge.

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The American actor Richard Gere, who has been cast in a film by the Israeli director Joseph Cedar, will be coming to Israel next week for shooting, a media report says.

Cedar's film, Ynet reports, is "Oppenheimer Strategies," focusing on Gere as a New York executive, the Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi as a rising Israeli politician, and the relationship they forge.

Also in the cast are the Israeli actors Tali Sharon, Neta Riskin, Dov Glickman and Yehuda Almagor, as well as Brooklyn's Steve Buscemi and the Anglo-French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, Ynet reports.

Gere's filmography is enormous, but the 65-year-old actor is perhaps best known for three: "Pretty Woman," (1990) with Julia Roberts, "An Officer and a Gentleman," (1982) with Debra Winger, and "American Gigolo," (1980) with Lauren Hutton.

Cedar, 46, directed, among other films, "Beaufort," (2007) about the experiences of a group of Israeli soldiers defending an isolated area near the end of the Lebanon War; and his debut, "Time of Favor," (2000) an Israeli-military thriller with a love triangle running through it.