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Hollywood actor Ian McShane to star in Dubai-produced animated film

Pirates of the Caribbean star's voice will appear in animation about the life of one of the Prophet Muhammad’s most trusted companions

Hollywood actor Ian McShane to star in Dubai-produced animated film

Ian McShane, best known for his role as Blackbeard in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies, will be part of an animated feature film produced by Dubai-based studio Barajoun Entertainment.

The film, titled 'Bilal', is inspired by the story of Bilal Ibn Rabah, who was born into slavery in the sixth century and was one of the Prophet Muhammad’s most trusted companions.

In the movie, McShane will voice the character of a greedy and power hungry merchant named Umayya.

He will be joined by Game of Thrones star Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who will voice the title character.

“McShane added a very unique… complexity to Umayya's character, a dynamic villain with a high ego,” the film’s producer, Ayman Jamal, said.

Jamal recently confirmed that the film’s recording had already started last week in Los Angeles.

The film was first announced in December at the Dubai International Film Festival.

McShane, who has won a Golden Globe in 2005 for his part in 'Deadwood', is lined up for another movie role as a movie producer and billionaire, alongside Liev Schreiber in Ray Donovan.

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