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Dean Morgan to be Desierto baddie

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is to star in Jonas Cuaron's Desierto: Photo © Dean Morgan to be Desierto baddie Photo

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is set to play the villain in thriller Desierto.

The Watchmen star will star opposite Gael Garcia Bernal in the Spanish-language movie, which will be directed by Alfonso Cuaron's son Jonas, said The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog.

Gael is already on board to play an illegal immigrant, who tries to cross the border between Mexico and the United States, but his attempt is thwarted by a drunk and racist American citizen who has taken border patrol into his own hands.

Alfonso - who won the Golden Globe gong for best director for his film Gravity - is one of the producers of Desierto, while leading man Gael is an executive producer.

The film is scheduled to start shooting in Baja, California, in February.

Jeffrey, who previously starred in Grey's Anatomy, has been seen in US TV series Magic City, as well as films like Watchmen, Red Dawn and Texas Killing Fields.

The 47-year-old is also attached to Afonso Poyart's thriller Solace opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell, and Danish Western The Salvation, which also stars Eva Green and Mads Mikkelsen.

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