Alice Braga, Mickey Rourke and Vincent Cassel are set to star in 11 Minutes, an adaptation of the steamy Paulo Coehlo novel that will be directed by Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now), says Variety.
Hollywood Gang's Gianni Nunnari is producing, with Craig J. Flores and George Waud as executive producers. Shooting begins June 1 in Brazil and Geneva.
Braga plays a naive girl who is betrayed by her first lover and swears off romance. She becomes a high-priced call girl who works at an upscale gentlemen's club in Geneva. Cassel plays a music executive who gets her hooked on S&M. Rourke plays the club owner.
Italian heartthrob Riccardo Scamarcio is in talks to round out the cast.
Abu-Assad has rewritten a script by Marcos Bernstein.