The Herzliya-born Tal and actress Natalie Martinez are the latest additions to a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
The plot follows an ex-cop (Wahlberg) who is hired by the mayor (Crowe) to investigate whether his wife (Zeta-Jones) is having an affair. After the affair is confirmed and the wife’s lover turns up dead, a larger scandal unfolds.
Tal is set to play Wahlberg’s assistant while Martinez will play his girlfriend.
Reports say production is already underway in New York City, and the release date is set for mid January.
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Last Wednesday, M. opened the envelope he had waited eight years to receive. Inside was a first sign of life from the parents he left behind in Darfur when he was only 9 years old. M. had made the journey alone from his homeland to Libya, from there to Egypt, and then to Israel. The last time he heard from his mother and father, he told them he was setting out for Israel. But from that point on, he had no knowledge of what had become of his parents or his eight brothers and sisters.
Half a year ago, M. asked Israeli representatives of the International Red Cross for help locating his family. They spent half a year searching for M.’s parents in Sudan, but met with repeated failure.
Then last Wednesday, a Red Cross vehicle arrived outside Gymnasia Herzliya, the Tel Aviv high school where M., now 17, began studying two weeks ago. “We got an answer from Sudan. Your father has written you a letter,” Red Cross official Anna Rivkin told M.
“I want to hear how you are and what your situation is these days,” the letter says. M.’s father wrote that everyone in the family is healthy, that they are hoping to leave the area where they are living soon, and he also requested that his son keep him posted on his situation.
The letter took M. back to the time of his escape, which took years before he arrived in Israel five years ago.
“Sudanese soldiers came into our village, burned it down and killed many people,” M. recalled. “My parents and I fled to a nearby village for a week or two. But then the soldiers came there too.”
M.’s parents proposed he flee Darfur: “When I got to Egypt I met other guys from Eritrea and South Sudan,” he said. “We reached the Bedouin villages and paid money so they would take us across the border. When we came near the border, Egyptian soldiers shot at us from both sides and we had to run between the shots. They shouted at us in Arabic to halt. We thought we were still in Egypt, and that we were done for, but then the soldiers began shooting in the air. We lay down on the ground. It was the Israel Defense Forces. They arrested us and took us to Ketziot Prison.”
M. was released from custody three months later and tried to apply to UN representatives for refugee status. He eventually arrived in Tel Aviv, where he found refuge at a shelter with other Darfurians. “I lived in the shelters for a year, until they agreed to put me in an Education Ministry boarding school in Nes Tziona.”
Two weeks ago, M. enrolled in 10th grade at Gymnasia Herzliya. Without assistance from authorities, M. has been relegated to staying with volunteers from organizations that help refugees. “No authorities are responsible for him,” said his high school principal, Zeev Degani. “Next week we will hold a fund-raiser here. At least we have secured an arrangement for a sandwich at recess.”