Jon Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’ Gets Its Lead Actor

This summer, Jon Stewart will take a three-month hiatus from hosting The Daily Show in order to film Rosewater, a passion project based on journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival. The film tells the story of Bahari, who traveled to Iran in 2009 to cover the nation’s elections. The election was widely believed to have been rigged and sparked protests throughout the nation. Bahari, who had left his pregnant fiancée at home, was imprisoned by the Iranian government for 118 days where he was violently interrogated.

Now we know who the actor who will bring Bahari’s story to the big screen: Gael García Bernal. No other casting announcements have been made yet.

Rosewater’s script was adapted by Stewart and Aimee Malloy. It will be Stewart’s directorial debut. In Stewart’s absence, The Daily Show will be hosted by John Oliver.