Val Kilmer to Star in Iranian-American Comedy '1st Born' (Exclusive)
The film is billed as the first co-producition between the two countries.
Val Kilmer is going international for his next project.
Kilmer has signed on to star in 1st Born, a comedy from Iranian director Ali Atshani. The project centers on a newly married couple newlywed couple, Iranian-born Ben and his American Kate, who are living in California. When the couple's first pregnancy faces complications, both sides of their family must come together — a rather complicated notion as Ben's father Hamid is anti-American Iranian politician, while Kate's father Biden (played by Kilmer) is an American politician who takes a hardline stance against Iran.
1st Born is notable for being the first joint feature film co-production between Iran and Hollywood, using a cast and crew from both the U.S. and the Middle East.
Kilmer is known for roles in Top Gun, Batman Forever, Heat,Tombstone and other hits. Atshani has established himself as a top filmmaker in Iran, helming films such as The President’s Cellphone, Wish Bone, Banana Peel, Mr. Alef and Negar’s Role. His 2016 film Paradise was a co-production between Iran and Germany.
LA Independent Film and Entertainment, based in Hollywood, will produce. Sam Khoze is producing with a team including producer Edwin Avaness and associate producer in Iran Pourya Naserbakht. Sam Khoze, Tarek Zohdy and Medhi Alimirzayi wrote the script.