Cannes veteran Abbas Kiarostami is to make his his 24th film and first English-language production.

The $6m MK2 production Certified Copy is set in Italy, and stars Juliette Binoche.

Producer Marin Karmitz told Screen International they were looking to cast an English actor to play the lead role, James, a 50-year-old writer in Italy to launch his latest book, about the relationship between original and copied works of art.

He meets a French art gallery director (Binoche), and together they travel to San Gimignano, near Florence.

The three-month shoot begins in the Tuscan village in October, with a European crew. MK2 are in discussion with potential British and Italian co-producers, and say that there's a lot of interest in the film.