AICN have exclusively debuted a golden one-sheet poster for The Devil’s Double, an 80′s set thriller starring Dominic Cooper as Uday Hussein, the eldest son of Saddam Hussein – in a movie being described as a Middle-Eastern Scarface!
Certainly that’s what this poster seems to be alluding too.
In the movie Cooper plays two parts – that of Hussein, and also Latif Yahia – a childhood friend who looked like Hussien and was forced at gun-point to become the regular body double of Iraq’s most hated man. The movie is mostly based on Yahia’s biography of the horrific ordeal as he had to live the life of luxury of being Saddam’s son and all the fear that came with it, which eventually led to his attempts to escape this life.
His partner in crime is Sarrab (played by French actress Ludivine Sagnier), a lover of Uday who takes sympathy with Latif and helps him flea the lifestyle.
Former Bond director Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day, Nicolas Cages’ Next) shot the movie in Malta last year, and premiered at Sundance where Lionsgate picked it up for a U.S. release on June 29th. No word of a U.K. distribution deal yet.
Based on a gripping, unbelievable true story of money, power and opulent decadence, Lionsgate’s THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE takes a white-knuckle ride deep into the lawless playground of excess and violence known as Bagdad, 1987. Summoned from the frontline to Saddam Hussein’s palace, Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper) is thrust into the highest echelons of the “royal family” when he’s ordered to become the ‘fiday’ – or body double – to Saddam’s son, the notorious “Black Prince” Uday Hussein (also Dominic Cooper), a reckless, sadistic party-boy with a rabid hunger for sex and brutality. With his and his family’s lives at stake, Latif must surrender his former self forever as he learns to walk, talk and act like Uday. But nothing could have prepared him for the horror of the Black Prince’s psychotic, drug-addled life of fast cars, easy women and impulsive violence. With one wrong move costing him his life, Latif forges an intimate bond with Sarrab (Ludivine Sangier), Uday’s seductive mistress who’s haunted by her own secrets. But as war looms with Kuwait and Uday’s depraved gangster regime threatens to destroy them all, Latif realizes that escape from the devil’s den will only come at the highest possible cost.
Featuring a riveting double performance by Dominic Cooper (AN EDUCATION, MAMA MIA) in the roles of Latif Yahia and Uday Hussein, THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE is a dynamic, chilling adaptation of Latif Yahia’s autobiographical novel, charting one man’s defiant struggle to survive a viper’s pit of corruption and brutality. The film is directed by Lee Tamahori (DIE ANOTHER DAY, XXX: STATE OF THE UNION) and written by Michael Thomas (BACKBEAT, SCANDAL).
This article was first posted on April 20, 2011