Mpls. actor returns to the big screen as the 'good guy'


The award-winning actor from Minneapolis known for starring alongside Tom Hanks in "Captain Phillips" is gearing up for his next big-screen appearance.

This time, he won't be the bad guy.

Barkhad Abdi's newest film is called "Eye in the Sky" and according to MPR News, he plays a CIA counterterrorism operative in Kenya.

Critics say the movie is action-packed and intense, as it raises questions about war. Deadline gives the example: Do you take one innocent life to potentially save hundreds?

The actor tells MPR that he believes the drama will give people a better understanding of how drones and modern warfare work.

Abdi stars alongside Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul and Alan Rickman.

The movie is directed by Gavin Hood, who also directed "Ender's Game" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

And Rotten Tomatoes has the film rated "95 percent fresh" with an average viewer rating of 4.2 out of five stars. IMDB has it rated 7.5 stars out of 10.

The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and has already been released in the U.K., the Star Tribune reports.

It's currently playing in select theaters.


The Star Tribune says people can expect to see the 31-year-old a lot more in the near future.

He's set to star with Al Pacino in "Where the White Man Runs Away" and then he'll team up with Uma Thurman for a comedy called "The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir."

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