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Dhanush ‘excited’ about Hollywood debut, shoot in June

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Chennai: Actor Dhanush, who is “excited” about making his Hollywood debut in Iranian-French director Marjane Satrapi’s “The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir Who Got Trapped In An Ikea Cupboard”, will start filming for it from June, said a source.

“Dhanush will start shooting for his portion of the film from June 15. He is expected to shoot for nearly three weeks. The film will be shot in Italy, Morocco and France (apart from India),” a source close to Dhanush told IANS.

He will be sharing the screen space with “Kill Bill” star Uma Thurman in the film, which is a comedy adventure tale based on Romain Puertolas’s bestselling debut novel with the same name, which came out in 2014 and has been translated into 35 languages.

Dhanush earlier took to Facebook to share his excitement about his overseas debut.

“I am very excited by this opportunity to work in a full length Hollywood film ‘The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir Who Got Trapped In The Ikea Cupboard’ for the first time.”

“The director Marjane Satrapi felt I would be apt for this role and I feel there are many facets I can explore for this character. I thank my fans and media for constantly standing by me and pushing me to explore new endeavours and challenges all the time,” read his post.

The novel that the film is based on relates to the pilgrimage of a con man from India to an IKEA store in Paris which turns into a philosophical odyssey.

The film will follow his journey from New Delhi to Paris where he falls in love with a woman and accidentally gets deported along with a band of African refugees to the far corners of Europe against his will.

The film will also feature “Bandit Queen” actress Seema Biswas, Alexandra Daddario, Barkhad Abdi and Laurent Lafitte.

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