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Javier Bardem Is 'Obvious First Choice' to Play Ferran Adrià

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Movie producer Philippe Rousselet wants Javier Bardem to play culinary legend Ferran Adrià in the long-awaited elBulli film. While no casting decisions have been announced yet, Rousselet told the Hollywood Reporter that the Academy-Award winning actor is his "obvious first choice." (Eater also thinks that Bardem would be a good candidate for the role.) The film is based on Lisa Abend's book The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which chronicles life behind the scenes in the elBulli kitchen. Adrià is involved with the production as "an on-set advisor." Once described by Adrià as The Social Network meets Ratatouille, the film now has a whole new bunch of new angles: Rousselet is now calling it "The Breakfast Club meets Dead Poets Society meets The Social Network." Less rats, more angst and self-discovery.

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