Tim Roth to play Sepp Blatter in new film
Story by Jack Foley
TIM Roth is to play Fifa president Sepp Blatter in a new film about football’s governing body.
Provisionally titled F2014, the film is being released to coincide with Fifa’s 110th anniversary and the World Cup.
It also stars Gerard Depardieu as Jules Rimet, one of Fifa’s founders and its longest-serving president.
The casting has been welcomed by Blatter himself, who has had the chance to meet the British actor as he prepared for the role.
In a video published on Fifa’s website, Blatter said he and Roth had “common qualities”.
The video also shows Blatter meeting with Roth for the first time in Zurich, which Blatter said was “a very interesting get-together”.
“I had read a lot of the CV and all the [films] that Tim Roth has made [and] I was very eager to meet him,” the 77-year-old said.
Production on the film will take place in France, Brazil and Azerbaijan.