EXCLUSIVE: Stana Katic (Castle) and Raza Jaffrey (Homeland) will star in Sundance award-winning director Amin Matalqa’s action adventure The Rendezvous. Inspired by classic romantic capers as North By Northwest and Romancing The Stone, the film is an adaptation of Sarah Isaias’ book A New Song. Set in Jordan, the film recently wrapped principal photography on location there. Terrel Seltzer (One Fine Day) has written the script, which follows an unlikely pair who find themselves swept up in a deadly race to find a sacred Dead Sea Scroll hidden in the ancient city of Petra. The film is produced by Dan Halsted (Garden State) and Tricia Gibbs. Amanda Rohlke is exec producing. Alfonso Bassave, Ron Guttman, Glenn Fleshler, Darby Stanchfield, and Nadim Sawalha round out the cast. Stana Katic and Raza Jaffrey are repped by Gersh/ Principal Entertainment LA.
Matalqa, who is of Jordanian descent, has proven himself a prolific filmmaker and one equally comfortable in Hollywood and the Arab world. He directed Disney’s first (and only) Arabic-language feature The United in 2012 to follow on from his debut Captain Abu Raed, which won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance. He is also a participant in Disney/ABC’s 2014-2016 Directing Program, which offers a series of seminars and mentoring sessions with the goal of nurturing promising directing talent among industry pros.