Richard Gere to Star in New Israeli Film Under Director Joseph Cedar

Film star geared to act in 'Oppenheimer', directed by two time Academy-Award nominee Joseph Cedar.

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Richard Gere, left, and Ben Vereen attend a screening of "Time Out Of Mind" at the New York Film Festival on Sun., Oct. 5, 2014 in New York. Credit: Andy Kropa/Invision/AP

JTA- Actor Richard Gere reportedly is set to star in a new film by award-winning Israeli director Joseph Cedar.

Cedar also wrote the screenplay for the movie, which will be filmed in both New York and Israel, the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday.

Two of Cedar’s films, “Footnote” and “Beaufort,” were nominated for Academy Awards.

The movie is expected to be called “Oppenheimer,” according to Yedioth, and also will star Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi.

Meanwhile, the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Cats” is slated to come to Israel for the first time.

The musical, which has been running on Broadway for 18 years, will be performed in Israel in November, according to reports.