Iranian film “Muhammad (S)” ramps up casting

Sep 05,2011

TEHRAN -- Amin Tarokh, Mehdi Pakdel and Sareh Bayat along with a number other actors have joined the cast of the Iranian blockbuster “Muhammad (S)”, which is being made by writer-director Majid Majidi. 

This film will depict the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S) from the age of 12 until his appointment to prophethood.
“Havana File” actor Tarokh will play the role of Abd al-Muttalib, the grandfather of the Prophet Muhammad (S), the Public Relations Office of the film announced on Monday.
Pakdel, best known for his career in theater performances, will play the Prophet’s uncle Abu Talib opposite Pantea Mehdinia who will play his wife, Fatimah bint Asad.
 alt Bayat, who rose to fame in “Nader and Simin, a Separation”, will act in the role of Halimah, the wet nurse of Muhammad (S) in childhood. Jafar Qasemi will appear as her husband Harith.
Actor of “Bride of Fire”, Hamid Farrokhnejad, has already landed the role of Abu Sufyan, one of the leading opponents of the Prophet (S) before accepting Islam.
Rana Azadivar, who acted in “About Elly” and “Lizard”, will appear as Uma Jamil, wife of Abu Lahab, a major leader of the Quraysh tribe in Mecca, opposite Mohammad Asgari who will play Abu Lahab.
Other members of the cast include Mina Sadati, who will appear as Aminah, the mother of the Prophet (S) and Hamidreza Tajdowlat, who will play the role of his uncle Hamzah that had been played by the U.S. actor Anthony Quinn in Moustapha Akkad’s “The Message”.   
Mohsen Tanabandeh as the Jewish merchant Samuel, Sadeq Hatefi as the Christian monk Buhayra and Hedayat Hashemi as the released slave Hanatah are other members of the cast.
The cast members have been selected under the supervision of Majid and the Italian makeup artist Giannetto De Rossi.
A number of prominent cineastes from around the world have agreed to work on the film.




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