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Tahar Rahim Gets Satanic and Makes ‘The Cut’ for Fatih Akin

Written by on February 12, 2012 

It’s been an interesting exercise these past couple of years, watching Tahar Rahim ride the wave of acclaim created by A Prophet. Although some of his post-Audiard choices have been suspect (The Eagle, oy), there have been a couple along the way (Black Gold and Grand Central, if we’re talking the most recent) that carry some critical prestige and international appeal with them. And, of course, the potential to be worth their weight in digital hard drives.

THR now brings us news of a project that may (and hopefully will) fall in line with the latter of those pictures. At Berlinale, it was announced that Rahim will lead The Cut, the third and final installment of German filmmaker Fatih Akın‘s Love, Death and the Devil trilogy — one that consists of prior entries Head-On and The Edge of Heaven. If you want any idea when it comes to thematic content, look no further than a name; as the former was about romance and the latter, mortality, The Cut focuses on Satan, or “the evil inherent in mankind.”

I can’t confirm if he’ll actually be playing the Dark Lord — I’m thinking the whole “Devil” thing is more metaphorical — but, being a fan of Rahim who’d like to see where he goes, The Cut is one I simply look forward to seeing play out in a natural state of development. And, hey, it’s even encouraged me to check out Head-On and The Edge of Heaven while we’re at it. That should count for something.

Corazon International and Pandora Film will be producing.

Is there potential in The Cut? Have you seen the first two films of this trilogy?


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