Shohreh Aghdashloo has joined Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac in the historical romance “The Promise,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda”) is directing from a script he wrote with Robin Swicord, centering on a love triangle in 1922 with a medical student, an American journalist based in Paris and a beautiful and sophisticated woman, portrayed by Charlotte Le Bon. Bale will play the reporter, and Isaac will portray the student, conflicted by old-world traditions.
Aghdashloo will play the strong-willed mother of Isaac’s character. The story is set amid the final days of the Ottoman Empire.
Javier Aguirresarobe (“Blue Jasmine”) has come on board as cinematographer. Angela Sarafyan, Daniel Giminez Cacho and Marwan Kenzari (“Ben-Hur”) also star.
Shooting will begin in Spain in early September.
Eric Esrailian will produce on behalf of Survival Pictures with Mike Medavoy for Phoenix Pictures, Ralph Winter and William Horberg (“Milk”). Survivial was unveiled as a production company last month by Tracinda Corp., the holding company founded by the late Kirk Kerkorian.
Aghdashloo stars in Syfy’s “The Expanse” and in “Septembers of Shiraz,” which will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. She won an Emmy for “House of Saddam” and was nominated for an Oscar for “House of Sand and Fog.”
Aghdashloo, a native of Iran, is represented by CAA and managed by Tamara Houston at Round Table Entertainment. Aguirresarobe is represented by Michael Lewis & Associates.