Nicolas Cage is tipped to be receiving a large paycheck to play assassinated Egyptian president Muhammad Anwar al Sadat reports Earth Times.
“Saddam Was Not Executed” author Anis al-Degheidy penned the mini-series for Egyptian TV which is being filmed in English and dubbed in Arabic.
Serving from 1970-1981, the president departed from the economic and political principles of his confidant and predecessor Gamal Abdel Nasser by opening up private investment in Egypt, reinstiuting the multi-party political system.
On the foreign affairs front, he recaptured the Sinai peninsula from the Israelis during the 1973 Yom Kippur War and later was instrumental in the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. .
Lebanese helmer Youssef Sharaf will direct the project which begins filming mid-2009. Louis Gossett Jr. scored an Emmy nomination for playing Sadat in a 1983 mini-series produced by Sony Pictures. The 2001 Egyptian biopic feature “Days of Sadat” was a major success in Egypt.