Sarita Choudhury
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Homeland” actress Sarita Choudhury and Omar Elba (“Intelligence”) have joined Tom Hanks in the comedic drama “A Hologram for the King.”

Shooting started in Morocco on Thursday with Tom Tykwer (“Cloud Atlas”) directing from his adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel.

The independently financed production also stars Tracey Fairaway (“Enough Said”), David Menkin (“Zero Dark Thirty”) and Tom Skerritt (“Ted”).

“A Hologram for the King” is being produced by Uwe Schott and Stefan Arndt of X Filme Creative Pool; Arcadiy Golubovich and Timothy D. O’Hair of Primeridian; and Hanks and Gary Goetzman of Playtone; in association with Silver Reel Entertainment and Fábrica de Cine. Eggers, Steven Shareshian of Playtone, Claudia Bluemhuber of Silver Reel, Gaston Pavlovich of Fabrica de Cine, and Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel of Lotus International are exec producers.

Lotus made the announcement on the opening day of the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. CAA reps the U.S. rights.

The project was first unveiled in June with Hanks and Tykwer attached. “Hologram,” published in 2012, is set in a rising Saudi Arabian city, where a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition and do something great.

Shooting will take place in Morocco and Germany and will continue until June. X Verleih will distribute the film in Germany.

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