Rami Malek lands next lead movie role

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Rami Malek will star in upcoming historical drama Nuremberg from director James Vanderbilt.

The movie marks writer-producer Vanderbilt's (Zodiac, Scream) second directorial outing, following 2015's Truth.

The filmmaker has also penned the script from Jack El Hai's book The Nazi and the Psychiatrist (via Deadline).

Malek will star opposite Russell Crowe, recently seen in The Pope's Exorcist, and Michael Shannon (The Flash) in this drama centred on the Nuremberg trials following the Second World War.

The Mr. Robot star will play American psychiatrist Douglas Kelley, who's tasked with determining whether Nazi prisoners are fit to stand trial for their war crimes.

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During his work, Kelley develops a complex relationship with Hitler's right-hand man Hermann Göring (Crowe). Shannon is set to play Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, the US chief prosecutor of the Nuremberg trials.

"What an absolute honour it is to be working with such a tremendously talented group of actors," Vanderbilt said of his upcoming film.

"Our partners at Bluestone and Walden have been incredibly supportive, and I cannot wait to bring this amazing true story to the screen."

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Meanwhile, Malek has a few other projects in the works, including espionage thriller Amateur, for which he also serves as a producer.

An adaptation of the 1981 novel of the same name, the film stars Outlander's Caitriona Balfe, John Wick: Chapter 4's Laurence Fishburne, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan, Adrian Martinez (Renfield), Holt McCallany (The Iron Claw) and Julianne Nicholson (Dream Scenario).

The Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar winner will also play silent cinema icon Buster Keaton in an upcoming series, with Succession's Ted Cohen writing the script and The Batman's Matt Reeves directing and executive producing alongside Malek.

Nuremberg does not yet have a release date.

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