Buscemi, Sheen Join Israeli Director Joseph Cedar’s First English-language Film

'Oppenheimer Strategies,' which stars Richard Gere, went into production this week.

Tomer Appelbaum

Well-known actors Steve Buscemi and Michael Sheen have joined the cast of Israeli director Joseph Cedar’s first English-language movie “Oppenheimer Strategies,” Deadline website reported.

The movie, which stars Richard Gere, went into production this week.

Gere plays Norman Oppenheimer, a New York Jewish activist, whose life dramatically changes after the young Israeli politician he befriended during a dark period in his life becomes an influential world leader.

Cedar has twice been nominated for the best foreign language Oscar, with “Beaufort” (2007) and “Footnote” (2011.) He wrote the script and is directing the film.

Buscemi is best known for his roles in “Reservoir Dogs” and “Fargo.” He starred in the recently ended HBO drama “Boardwalk Empire.”

British actor Sheen can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Showtime original drama “Master of Sex,” in which he plays the real-life sex researcher from the 1950s Dr. Master.

He is best known for his portrayal of former English prime minister Tony Blair in the Oscar winning movie “The Queen,” opposite Helen Mirren who played Queen Elizabeth.

Sheen is rumored to be dating Jewish comedienne Sara Silverman.

“All of us are absolutely thrilled to have this incredible cast bring Joseph’s brilliant script to life,” said the film’s Israeli co-producer Oren Moverman. “We are so excited to start shooting and to bring this remarkable film to a worldwide audience.”

“Oppenheimer Strategies,” which also features Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi, will be filmed in New York and Israel.