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Friday 30 January 2015

Tim Roth to play Fifa president

Tim Roth is set to star in a film about Fifa
Tim Roth is set to star in a film about Fifa

Tim Roth has signed up to play Fifa chief Sepp Blatter in a new film.

Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction actor Tim will play the Swiss president of football's governing body in a French production, provisionally titled F2014, according to reports.

F2014 will also star French actor Gerard Depardieu as Jules Rimet, the football organisation's founder, and will be released to coincide with the 2014 World Cup and Fifa's 110th anniversary.

The Guardian reported that the movie appeared to have the full approval of Fifa, which has been dogged by controversy over the years, and that despite English actor Tim being 25 years younger than Sepp, 77, the Fifa president said he felt "the casting was well done".

"It was a very interesting get-together," Sepp said in a video on Fifa's website after the pair met. "I was very eager to meet him, and I have just realised that really we have something in common.

"OK the age is different but for me it was surprising and the casting was well done."

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