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Jon Stewart to Direct Iranian Political Drama

Los Angeles - Jon Stewart is to take a 12-week break from his award-winning satirical news show The Daily Show to make his feature film debut in a movie about a Western journalist imprisoned in Iran, according to The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday.

The movie, "Rosewater," is based on a memoir by Maziar Bahari, "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival." Published in 2011, it tells the story of Bahari's travels to Iran to cover the 2009 elections for the BBC.

Bahari was imprisoned as a spy for 118 days - partly due to an interview he gave to a Daily Show correspondent pretending to be a spy. Bahari claimed that he was subjected to brutal interrogations and beatings by a man he identified only by his scent - rosewater.

Stewart, 50, adapted the memoir into a screenplay. His anchor role on the Emmy-winning Daily Show will be taken by comedian John Oliver, 35, who plays a correspondent on the series, according to the report.

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