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British actor Tim Roth to play Sepp Blatter in FIFA film

Sepp Blatter said he and Tim Roth share some "common qualities". Credit: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/DPA/Press Association Images and Dargent Vincent/ABACA/Press Association Images

British actor Tim Roth will play FIFA president Sepp Blatter in a film charting the history of football's world governing body - a choice that has been praised by the man himself.

"The casting was well done," Blatter said after meeting with the Reservoir Dogs star. "The actor himself was quite surprised to meet me and to speak with me and we have some common qualities."

The film, whose working title is F2014, will be released in the World Cup year as FIFA celebrates its 110th anniversary.

Gerard Depardieu has been cast as FIFA founder Jules Rimet while Sam Neill plays long-standing president Joao Havelange.

Actor Tim Roth to judge new talent at Cannes

Actor Tim Roth Credit: PA

Reservoir Dogs star Tim Roth will lead the jury charged with picking out new talent at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Roth will help pick the winner of the Un Certain Regard prize which is designed to recognise films with "an original aim and aesthetic".

The prize runs with the festival's main award - the prestigious Palme d'Or.

Londoner Roth made his name in television before going on to star in films including Pulp Fiction, Rob Roy and The Hit. This year's festival will open with American director Wes Anderson's new film.

Moonrise Kingdom, which stars Tilda Swinton alongside Bruce Willis and Bill Murray, is set in New England in the summer of 1965.

It marks a return to the festival in the south of France for Swinton, who appeared last year supporting her critically acclaimed role in We Need To Talk About Kevin.

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