Cassel, Rourke, Braga Take “11 Minutes”

Alice Braga, Mickey Rourke and Vincent Cassel are set to star in “11 Minutes” says Variety.

An adaptation of the steamy novel by Paulo Coehlo (“The Alchemist”), Braga plays a naive girl who is betrayed by her first lover and swears off romance.

She becomes a high-priced call girl who works at an upscale gentlemen’s club in Geneva. Cassel plays a music executive who gets her hooked on S&M.

Rourke plays the club owner. Italian heartthrob Riccardo Scamarcio is also in talks to round out the cast. Abu-Assad rewrote Marcos Bernstein’s script adaptation.

Hany Abu-Assad (“Paradise Now”) will direct while Gianni Nunnari is producing. Shooting begins June 1st in Brazil and Geneva.