Kilmer has signed on to star in 1st Born, a comedy from Iranian director Ali Atshani. The project centers on a newlywed couple, Iran-born Ben and his American wife, Kate, who are living in California. When there’s a complication with Kate’s first pregnancy, both Ben’s and Kate’s families must come together — a rather complicated notion as Ben’s father, Hamid, is an anti-American Iranian politician, while Kate’s father, Biden (played by Kilmer), is an American politician who takes a hardline stance against Iran.

1st Born is notable for being the first joint feature film co-production between Iran and Hollywood, using a cast and crew from both the U.S. and the Middle East.

Kilmer is known for roles in Top GunBatman ForeverHeat,Tombstone and other hits. Atshani has established himself as a top filmmaker in Iran, helming films such as The President’s Cell PhoneWishboneBanana PeelMr. Alef and Negar’s Role. His 2016 film Paradise was a co-production between Iran and Germany.

LA Independent Film and Entertainment, based in Hollywood, will produce. Sam Khoze is producing with a team including producer Edwin Avaness and associate producer in Iran Pourya NaserbakhtKhozeTarek Zohdy and Medhi
Alimirzayi wrote the script.

Filming will begin in Los Angeles In August, with other castmembers set to join shortly.