The film centers on a Muslim parolee (Whitaker) and his relationships with a parole officer and the town sheriff, who is convinced that terrorists are crossing the Arizona/Mexican border along with illegal immigrants. Keitel will play the sheriff.
Rachid Bouchareb who will direct and wrote the script with Olivier Lorelle and Yasmina Khadra, will produce with Jean Brehat and Allen Bain.
Keitel, who was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in “Bugsy”, will appear in several upcoming films including “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Congress”.
He is repped by ICM.