Black Gold is a new movie which stars Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong,  Liya Kebede, Tahar Rahim, and Slumdog Millionaire star, Frieda Pinto. It’s directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (Seven Years in Tibet/Heaven’s Gate) and filming has just started filming in Qatar. The movie is an epic adventure adaptation of Hans Reusch’s classic novel “The Great Thirst”.

We’ve just been sent the first images from the movie which shows Banderas in costume and two fantastic shots of the desert with a Camel herd and horses charging. The movie is being produced by Doha Film Institute (DFI) and Quinta Communications and that photos are via David Koskas and Quinta.

Casting: Tahar Rahim, after his award-winning, breakthrough performance in Jacques Audiard’s award winning “Un Prophete,” will play the lead role of Prince Auda in “Black Gold”, a hero torn between two fathers, two loves, two choices, one destiny.

Mark Strong (“Robin Hood”; “Sherlock Holmes”; “Kick-Ass”) is Auda’s father Amar, ruler of Salmaah, who is forced to give up his beloved two sons after losing a battle to his fierce enemy Nessib, ruler of the kingdom of Hobeika, played by Antonio Banderas (“Mask of Zorro”; “You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger”) . Frieda Pinto (“Slumdog Millionaire”; “Miral”) plays Princess Lallah, the daughter of Nessib and future wife of Auda. Riz Ahmed (“Four Lions”) plays the role of the wisecracking Dr. Ali, half-brother to Auda, while supermodel Liya Kebeda (“Flower of the Desert”) plays fiery Bedouin slave girl Aicha.

Warner Bros. will distribute the movie in the UK.

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