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Greg Kinnear, Alessandro Nivola and Alex Hassell have joined Chris Evans in Red Sea Diving Resort, a true-life Mossad spy drama written and being directed by Gideon Raff.
Sir Ben Kingsley, Michael Huisman and Mark Ivanir are also on the roll call, which already includes Haley Bennett and Michael K. Williams.
Aaron L. Gilbert of Bron Studios and Alexandra Milchan of EMJAG Productions are producing the movie along with Raff. Principal photography is set to begin June 22 in South Africa and Namibia.
The project tells of the Israeli spy agency’s effort to rescue and bring home Ethiopian Jews that were trapped in Sudan in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Evans will portray a man who led a team to take over a deserted resort, converting it into a destination vacation spot while using it as a cover to rescue thousands of refugees.
Kinnear will play an American intelligence operative, while Nivola will portray a doctor and a key member of the crew. Hassell will play a disaffected Mossad agent who is also a sharp shooter, and Kingsley will portray a British diplomat.
Jason Cloth and Andy Pollack are executive producing.
CAA and WME Global packaged the film and will co-represent the domestic distribution rights.
Kinnear portrayed Joe Biden in HBO’s Confirmation and starred in the faith-based hit Heaven Is for Real. He next stars with Renee Zellweger and Djimon Hounsou in the drama Same Kind of Different as Me. Kinnear is repped by WME.
Nivola next appears in HBO’s Wizard of Lies. He received a Tony nomination for The Elephant Man, in which he starred opposite Bradley Cooper. Nivola is coming off a best actor award nod at the Tribeca Film Festival for his work in One Percent More Humid. He repped by CAA and Management 360.
Hassell appears with Matt Damon and Julianne Moore in Suburbicon, the Coen Brothers-written dark comedy directed by George Clooney, which Paramount has slated to bow Nov. 7. He is repped by Gersh, Magnolia Entertainment and United Agents.
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