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RENDITION

OMAR METWALLY was recently seen in the Academy-Award nominated thriller Munich, under the direction of Steven Spielberg. He garnered critical attention and praise for his portrayal of Ali, a Palestinian militant who engages Mossad agent Avner (Eric Bana) in political and philosophical debate while sharing a smoke in the stairwell of an abandoned safehouse. 

Just prior to his work on Rendition, Metwally shot the James Ivory directed City of Your Final Destination for Merchant-Ivory Productions. Metwally plays the romantic lead in the film: a graduate student who wants to write a biography of a deceased South American author and journeys to Uruguay to gain permission from the executors of the author's estate: his brother, played by Anthony Hopkins, his former wife, Laura Linney, and his former lover, played by Charlotte Gainsbourg. The film is planned for release in 2008. 

Metwally began his career in San Francisco, where he trained at the American Conservatory Theater. He then went to New York, spending the next seven years on stages both on and Off-Broadway. In 2004 Metwally received a Tony Award Nomination for his work in "Sixteen Wounded.” He was also lauded for his Off-Broadway portrayal of Aram, an emotionally scarred survivor of the Armenian genocide, in "Beast on the Moon,” directed by Larry Moss. 

Metwally has also worked on television, with appearances on "Grey's Anatomy” and "The Unit,” as well as on the ABC pilot "Twenty Questions.”

The son of immigrant parents, one Dutch and one Egyptian, Metwally was born in New York, raised in Southern California and now resides in Los Angeles.

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