Ruslaan Mumtaaz certainly has a long way to go. Just one film old, MP3, he is already bagged an international project with Christopher Miles of The Priest of Love on DH Lawrence fame. Ruslaan will be soon seen Christopher's next biopic venture, The Last Pharaoh, based on the last Egyptian Pharaoh, (King Farouk). Supposedly, Keira Knightley might play his love interest in the film.
Christopher was initially on a look out for an Egyptian guy for the role, but to his disappointment did not come across even one with the combination of both looks and talent. While shooting for a war sequence in the desert of Rajasthan he came across Amitabha Singh the Cinematographer of Ruslaan's first film. Amitabha will also be the DOP for Christopher's film. After seeing MP3, Miles saw Ruslaan and signed him after couple of auditions. To which Ruslaan claims, "I do resemble the King Farouk a lot but it's a huge responsibility on me as an actor."
He goes on to add, "I am excited but at the same time pretty apprehensive about the delivering my dialogues in the Brit accent. Christopher has flooded me with tapes and pictures so that I can work on my accent. However, the kind of confidence Christopher has shown on me, I feel things will eventually fall in place."
The story revolves around the last King of Egypt during World War II. "The film will highlight the lifestyle of King Farouk. And about his courage and wisdom at the age of 23 on the war front." The Last Pharaoh is likely to go on floors in September after monsoons and to be released by next year.
Ruslaan recently has also signed a film with writer turned director, Milap Zaveri titled Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai and has Satish Kaushik's Tere Sang slated to release this year.