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Javier Bardem Joins Charlize Theron in Sean Penn’s African Movie

River Road’s Bill Pohlad is producing ”The Last Face“ with Bill Gerber and Matt Palmieri

Oscar winner Javier Bardem will star opposite Charlize Theron in Sean Penn‘s African drama “The Last Face,” an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap.

Penn will direct from a script by Erin Dingam, an actress appeared in Penn’s “The Crossing Guard” and recently wrote the William Hurt movie “The Yellow Handkerchief.”

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Penn will co-star in the indie movie, which is awaiting a green light from River Road’s Bill Pohlad, who is producing with Bill Gerber and Matt Palmieri.

Described as a love story, “The Last Face” stars Theron is a doctor doing humanitarian relief work in Africa where she meets another doctor engaged in the same work amid a turbulent time of political unrest. Story explores the tough moral decisions they face, as well as others.

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Adèle Exarchopoulos (“Blue Is The Warmest Color”) will co-star as a journalist.

Penn and Pohlad previously teamed on “Into the Wild,” “The Tree of Life” and “Fair Game.”

Bardem’s casting was first reported by Deadline.