Egyptian multihyphenate Amr Waked (â€œLucyâ€) has joined the cast of Gerard Butler sci-fi blockbuster â€œGeostorm,â€ in which he will play the French head of security at an international space station when the earth’s climate control satellites fail to function.
â€œGeostorm,â€ which is currently shooting in New Orleans, will mark the feature directorial debut of Dean Devlin, who teamed with Roland Emmerich to produce 1996’s â€œIndependence Day.â€ Devlin’s Electric Entertainment is producing with Skydance Productions. Key American cast besides Butler includes Katheryn Winnick, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia and child actor Sterling Jerins.
Warner Bros. has slated the sci-fi action thriller, centered on catastrophic climate change that endangers the world’s survival, for release on Oct. 21, 2016.
Waked’s character in â€œGeostorm,â€ is named Ray Dussette, an intimidating and rugged security expert with little patience for error and stupidity who works hard to keep everyone safe, according to pic’s publicity notes.
Waked, who is Egypt’s biggest international star, played the bemused French narcotics cop in â€œLucyâ€ and more recently appeared as an advisor to Mongol King Kublai Khan in TWC/Netflix TV series â€œMarco Polo.â€ His previous roles include star turns in â€œSyriana,â€ â€œSalmon Fishing in the Yemen,â€ and the BBC’s â€œHouse of Saddamâ€ mini-series.
Waked is a political activist and producer via his ZAD production shingle which sheperded fellow Egyptian director Ibrahim El Batout’s Cairo-set organ trafficking thriller â€œEl Ott,â€ in which he stars as a gangster searching for his kidnapped daughter. â€œEl Ottâ€ recently launched in Egypt and other Middle East territories via Falcon and is seeking distribution in Europe.