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.