Riz Ahmed set to star in new movie reportedly being produced in Boston

Ahmed will star opposite Olivia Cooke in “The Sound of Metal,’’ a music drama.

Actor Riz Ahmed at Comic Con in San Diego, Calif. on July 20, 2018. –AFP/Getty Images

Riz Ahmed is set to play the lead in a new movie, and it’s reportedly starting production in Boston.

Variety was first to confirm that Ahmed will star opposite Olivia Cooke in “The Sound of Metal,’’ a music drama. The two will play a couple who are also bandmates. Their relationship is tested with Ahmed’s character, a drummer, starts to lose his hearing.

Ahmed is best known for his starring role in the Emmy-winning HBO series “The Night Of’’ and for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.’’ He will also star opposite Tom Hardy in “Venom’’ this October. Cooke has recently been seen in “Ready Player One’’ and A&E’s “Bates Motel.’’

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The film, which was slated to start Boston production at the end of July, is a Caviar endeavor, with Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche producing. Caviar’s Michael Sagol and Jasper Thomlinson, and Ward Four’s Dan Sbrega and Daniel Abedon will executive produce, according to Variety.

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