UTA Rally to Feature Asghar Farhadi Speaking From Iran

Fabrizio Maltese

Jodie Foster and Michael J. Fox, as well as California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, are also set to speak at the rally.

Though he will not be attending the Oscars, Asghar Farhadi will make his voice heard at UTA's 'United Voices' rally.

The Salesman director will be speaking via video message from Tehran, Iran at the rally, which is taking place outside the agency's Beverly Hills offices. 

The choice to forego the annual agency Oscar party for a protest was prompted partially by Farhadi saying he would boycott the Oscars ceremony, where his movie The Salesman is up for best foreign-language film, in light of President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

The rally will be his first public appearance since the travel ban was announced.

Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari (the first Iranian in space) and former director of Solar Systems Exploration at NASA Firouz Naderi will attend Sunday's ceremony in his place.

Other speakers at UTA's rally include Jodie Foster, Michael J. Fox and Keegan-Michael Key, as well as UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, with Seth Rogen, Jai Courtney, Ted Danson and James Franco set to attend, among many other agency clients.

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