Jon Stewart is best known for his work on The Daily Show, but he is making the leap into movies this spring as he makes his directorial debut with Rosewater.



Stewart has written for and produced a whole host of television projects in recent years, but I am exciting to see him turn his hand to filmmaker for the first time.

Rosewater is a big screen adaptation of the novel Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy - Stewart himself has adapted the book into a screenplay - and it is a film that has already been met well on the festival circuit.

The brand new trailer for the film has arrived and we have it for you to take a look at:

Rosewater is based on the incredible true story of Bahari, who was imprisoned and interrogated for 118 in Iran as an American spy - it really does promise to be a very powerful story.

Gael García Bernal is set to take on the central role of Bahari in the film, and is joined on the cast list by Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas, Haluk Bilginer, and Shohreh Aghdashloo.

Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

As Moussavi's supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad's victory declaration hours before the polls closed on election day, Bahari endured great personal risk by submitting camera footage of the unfolding street riots to the BBC. Bahari was soon arrested by Revolutionary Guard police, led by a man identifying himself only as 'Rosewater,' who proceeded to torture and interrogate the journalist over the next 118 days.

We have already been treated to some terrific biopic movies this year, and Rosewater looks set to be another that is not to be missed if you are a fan of this genre of film.

Rosewater is released 8th May.

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