Minneapolis Oscar nominee Abdi in talks for next movie role


It appears Minneapolis actor Barkhad Abdi has another acting gig in the works.

The Hollywood Reporter says Abdi, who is up for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "Captain Phillips" this Sunday, is in talks to star in the historical drama "The Place That Hits the Sun."

The trade publication says the film tells the story South African marathon runner Willie Mtolo, a Zulu warrior who competed in the 1992 New York Marathon. The story reportedly focuses on Mtolo and a white bar owner, Ray de Vries, whose unlikely friendship transcended apartheid South Africa.

If he signs on to the project, "The Place That Hits the Sun" would be Abdi's first role after his critically acclaimed debut in "Captain Phillips." In addition to the Oscar nomination for his role as Somali pirate leader Abduwali Muse, Abdi has won a British Academy Award.

The Daily Beast says Abdi has been nominated for 28 awards for his turn in "Captain Phillips," which includes nods from the Screen Actors Guild, the Critics Choice Movie Awards and the Golden Globes.

While Abdi is expected to attend the Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night, two of his co-stars are slated to walk the red carpet at an Oscar event in Minneapolis.

The Pioneer Press says Mahat Ali and Barkhad Abdirahman, who played pirates Elmi and Bilal in "Captain Phillips," are scheduled to attend the 21st annual Oscar Experience.

The viewing party is a fundraiser for the Aegis Foundation, which is a local youth charity foundation.

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