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Tim Roth to play Sepp Blatter in new FIFA flick

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In what must be the most curious casting news of the week, English actor Tim Roth (52)) will play as Sepp Blatter (77) in a new movie about the head of football's governing body.

Gérard Depardieu has also been cast as Jules Rimet, the longest-serving president in FIFA history, whose name adorns the World Cup trophy, in the film which is provisionally titled F2014.

The film will be released next year, to coincide with the 110th anniversary of FIFA and the 2014 World Cup and will will be shot in Azerbaijan, France and Brazil, according to the Azerbaijani ministry of culture.

Roth is 25 years younger than the 77-year-old Blatter, but the FIFA president said he felt "the casting was well done".

A video on FIFA's website shows a meeting between Blatter and Roth, with Blatter emerging from a limousine to embrace the actor.

"It was a very interesting get-together," said Blatter after the meeting. "I had read a lot of the CV and all the realisations [films] that this Tim Roth has made. I was very eager to meet him, and I have just realised that really we have something in common."

Blatter said Roth agreed that the pair had "some common, let's say, qualities".

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