EXCLUSIVE: Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Isaach De Bankolé and Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi have joined Richard Gere in Oppenheimer Strategies, the film written and directed by Joseph Cedar that begins production Sunday in New York and Israel, backed by Tadmor Entertainment. Gideon Tadmor, Miranda Bailey, Lawrence Inglee, David Mandil, Eyal Rimmon and Oren Moverman are producing.

Gere plays Norman Oppenheimer, whose life dramatically changes after the young politician he befriended during a dark period in his life becomes an influential world leader. The Solution Entertainment Group is selling international territories in Berlin and ICM Partners will broker the domestic deal. It’s Cedar’s first film since 2011’s Footnote, which starred Ashkenazi and was Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language film after winning Best Screenplay at 2011 Cannes. Michal Graidy, Caroline Kaplan, Amanda Marshall, Jim Kaufman and Doug Mankoff are exec producers. Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel of The Solution are co-exec producers.

“All of us are absolutely thrilled to have this incredible cast bring Joseph’s brilliant script to life,” said Moverman, who teamed with Gere on Time Out Of Mind, which premiered at Toronto. “We are so excited to start shooting and to bring this remarkable film to a worldwide audience.”

The Solution’s Lisa Wilson called the script and casting package the makings of “an utterly outstanding and mesmerizing film, and the buyers are responding with great anticipation to one of the few prestige titles at the market.”