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Barkhad Abdi Set to Star in Indie Drama

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Barkhad Abdi had a breakthrough year in 2013 when he starred alongside Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips, playing a Somali pirate who holds a ship hostage. The role, his Hollywood debut, earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting actor.

Variety recently announced that Abdi will be returning to the big screen, as he landed a starring role in The Wolf Who Cried Boy.

The film, which starts shooting in Detroit this spring, explores the world of the scrapping industry. Abdi plays a limo driver who also works as a fence for the production. The film also stars Torrey Wigfield.

Abdi has a few other projects in the works as well. People will be able to see him in Eye in the Sky, a thriller starring Aaron Paul, and Extortion, a crime drama.

Abdi, who is originally from Somalia, came to the U.S. when we was 14, eventually attending Minnesota State University Moorhead. Previous employment in Minnesota has included selling cell phones and driving a limo. He currently resides in Los Angeles.