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Bardem to star in Penn's movie

Javier Bardem will share the screen with Charlize Theron in Sean Penn's latest film: Photo © Bardem to star in Penn's movie Photo

Javier Bardem has joined Sean Penn's latest directorial effort The Last Face.

The Skyfall actor will star alongside Sean's real-life girlfriend Charlize Theron in the romantic drama, reported Variety.

Charlize had previously been rumoured to be on board but the news now seems to be official.

The film is set in Africa and follows a doctor (Javier) who has to choose between his work in war-torn African nations and his love for a US relief worker, the role Charlize will play.

French actress Adele Exarchapoulos - who made her name starring with Lea Seydoux in lesbian love story Blue Is The Warmest Colour last year - has been cast as a journalist.

Sean, 53, has previously directed movies including The Pledge and Into The Wild.

He and Charlize, 38, are thought to have begun dating last year and went official with their relationship during awards season when they attended several events together.

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