Moritz Bleibtreu to play devil of a role

Helmer Oskar Roehler, Bleibtreu re-team for 'Faust'

COLOGNE, Germany -- German star Moritz Bleibtreu ("The Baader Meinhof Complex") has signed on to star as Mephisto, the devil, in Oskar Roehler's adaptation of the classic "Faust."

The story of a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge, "Faust" is one of the most enduring and influential German legends and has been adapted numerous times for the screen. Austrian director Phillip Hochhauser just completed a version based on the 19th century play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Concorde, which will release Roehler's "Faust" in Germany, did not give details on the rest of the cast or when shooting will start.

"Faust" will be the fourth collaboration between Bleibtreu and Roehler. The actor starred in Roehler's "Elementary Particles" (2006) and "Agnes and his Brothers" (2004) and plays Nazi propaganda minister Josef Goebbels in Roehler's "Jud Suss," currently shooting in Vienna. "Jud Suss" explores the life of Ferdinand Marian (played by Tobias Moretti), the actor who starred in the notorious anti-Semitic propaganda film.