Bushra, who won best actress at Diff in 2010 for her performance in sexual harassment drama 678, will play a Us journalist investigating human trafficking who swaps places with a teenage victim destined for Saudi Arabia.
Badreya, who is attending Dubai Film Market with his Santa Monica-based company Zoom in Focus, plays a notorious smuggler who discovers the journalist’s ruse. The Egyptian-born, Us-based actor is best known for his baddie roles in over 30 Hollywood pictures including The Insider, Iron Man and The Dictator.
Executive produced by Belgium-based Sameh Sobhy, Bride Of The Nile will shoot in Chicago, Egypt and either Morocco or Nevada for the desert scenes. Badreya plans to shoot the $2m production in spring 2014.
He is also working on documentary The End