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Now that Abdi has made a memorable film debut, the question is: What next?
At the time “Captain Phillips” was released, he didn’t have an agent and described his days as “waiting around” until more film work appeared.
He now has representation and reportedly is negotiating to star next as a legendary South African long distance runner. He’s vying to play Willie Mtolo, winner of the 1992 New York Marathon and many other races, in a historical drama currently titled “The Place That Hits the Sun.”
According to the New Yorker, he plans to move to Los Angeles, where he’ll share an apartment with his “Captain Phillips” co-star and Minneapolis friend Faysal Ahmed, also looking to make it in Hollywood.
“What I believe will make my acting career successful going forward is hard work,” Abdi told the Star Tribune in January. “I like to challenge myself. Then it’s the people I meet and choosing the projects I want to work on correctly. There’s a lot of characters I can play.
“There’s nothing that I’ve decided on yet. I’m waiting for the awards season to be finished. Then I’ll go for it.” After the Oscars, Abdi plans to move to L.A. and live with his Minneapolis friend and fellow “Captain Phillips” actor Faysal Ahmed.
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