Rourke 'to star in 11 Minutes'
According to Variety, The Wrestler star will be joined on the project by Alice Braga and Vincent Cassel.
The film which is based on Paulo Coehlo's sexually-charged novel focuses on a woman who becomes a high-class call girl when she is cheated on by her lover.
While working at a gentlemen's club in Geneva, she becomes involved with the Rourke's character who owns the establishment and a music executive, portrayed by Cassel.
The script has been reworked by Abu-Assad, who directed the Oscar-nominated Paradise Now.
It is expected that the project will begin filming this June in Brazil and Geneva.
Rourke is currently in strong demand after his acclaimed performance in Darren Aronofshy's drama, for which he won a best actor Bafta.
He recently signed up for a role in Sylvester Stallone's forthcoming action thriller The Expendables.
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