Jon Stewart Makes Life Easier for Directorial Debut, Grabs Gael Garcia Bernal

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jon-stewartJon Stewart is about to take a three-month summer sabbatical to direct his debut feature film, “Rosewater,” so it’s ideal that he has a leading man in place.

And it’s a good one, TheWrap reports: the very talented Gael Garcia Bernal.

“Rosewater” is adapted from journalist Maziar Bahari’s 2011 book, “Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival,” c0-written with Aimee Molloy. Bernal will portray Bahari, who went through quite the ordeal.

[The story] follows Bahari (Bernal)…who leaves his pregnant fiancée behind in London while he travels to Iran to spend a week covering the country’s presidential elections. Instead, he winds up spending 118 days in a notorious Iranian prison where he is brutally interrogated by a man whose defining characteristic is the smell of rosewater.  

The movie is big for Stewart, who optioned Bahari’s book through his production company. Plus, Stewart has essentially put his film career on hold since he started hosting The Daily Show in 1999. For him to devote a big chunk of time to something else indicates just how important “Rosewater” is.

John Oliver will take over hosting duties during Stewart’s departure.

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