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Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the International Emmy-nominated Indian actor, is to take the lead role in U.S. indie film “Laxman Lopez.”

The film is a Christmas-themed movie to be directed by Mexico’s Roberto Girault, who helmed local hits including 2017’s “La Leyenda Del Diamante,” 2015’s “Los Arboles Mueren de Pie” and “El Estudiante” from 2009.

The project is led by New York-based Imagine Infinite Prods. Filming, beginning at the end of this year, will take place entirely in the U.S. Further casting details are to be announced closer to the start of production. The producer is Lalit Bhatnagar, writer and co-producer of horror project “Little Darling.”

Siddiqui has been one of India’s most prolific and most appreciated actors in recent years. His credits include “Manto,” “Raman Raghav,” “Gangs of Wasseypur,” “The Lunchbox,” and recent series including Netflix’s “Sacred Games” and Amazon’s “McMafia.” He received his International Emmy nomination for 2020 Indian comedy drama series “Serious Men.”

Siddiqui is in Cannes as part of the Indian government delegation to the festival and the rights market, where India has been named as the country of honor.

“The narration had me excited for multiple reasons. For starters, the opportunity to work in a Christmas movie is something very different and immediately had my attention. The director, Roberto Girault, has shown his power and command over the camera, and the way he can unveil new sides to an actor. It is a welcome challenge that I often yearn for. And most importantly, the name, ‘Laxman Lopez,’ had me instantly curious,” said Siddiqui.

“I am very excited about this collaboration. This script is close to my heart and the transition of the story and the challenges that the lead character faces are sure to have everyone intrigued,” said Girault. “When first read the script, I started my search to find the perfect Laxman Lopez and my mind immediately navigated to Nawazuddin. I have seen a few of his works and know that this role will bring out a lesser-known vulnerable side to him. It is a project that is sure to leave people with a smile on their face, and a lot of hunger in their tummy!”