May 28th, 2013
05:20 PM ET
While John Oliver keeps "The Daily Show" running this summer, Jon Stewart will be off working with Gael Garcia Bernal.
According to The Wrap, the 34-year-old actor has been tapped to star in Stewart's "Rosewater," which is based on the book "Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival" by journalist Maziar Bahari.
Stewart wrote the script for the movie version of Bahari's story, and will also make his feature directorial debut with the project.
"Rosewater" follows Bahari (Benal) as he leaves his pregnant fiancée in London to cover Iran's 2009 presidential election. But while his trip was intended to be just a week, it turned into a hellish 118-day stay after he was detained in one of Iran's notorious prisons.
Stewart, the longtime host of Comedy Central's late-night program, is taking a 12-week hiatus from "The Daily Show" to direct "Rosewater." Oliver will host from June 10 until September 3, when Stewart's expected to return.
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