Looks like Barkhad Abdi has found his next project.
The Minneapolis resident, who will find out Sunday whether he wins an Oscar for his role in “Captain Phillips,” is up for a starring role in “The Place That Hits The Sun.” From The Hollywood Reporter:
The historical drama follows famous South African marathoner Willie Mtolo, a Zulu warrior, who competed in the 1992 New York Marathon. The story centers on Mtolo and Ray de Vries, a Caucasian bar owner, whose unlikely friendship transcended apartheid South Africa.
Abdi, who was born in Somalia and moved to the U.S. when he was 14, made his film debut in Paul Greengrass‘ Captain Phillips, playing a ship hijacker in the based-on-a-true-story film starring Tom Hanks. He received a SAG, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar nomination for his work on the film.