In 2009, Tahar Rahim was given a chance that every young actor dreams of. The French gangster saga A Prophet, which featured Rahim, then 28, in his first starring role, was a global hit and earned him a César Award for Best Actor. His portrayal of an impoverished Muslim prisoner who rises to become a crime lord was a revelation, the announcement of a major talent. Naturally, Hollywood came calling, but after several appearances in Eglish-language films such as the historical epic The Eagle, Rahim retreated back to his native France, overwhelmed by performing in a foreign language and disinterested in the types of parts Hollywood typically offers to actors of Arab descent. After honing his craft under an array of international directors, Rahim, now fluent in English, made his reintroduction to American audiences in 2018 as an FBI agent hunting Al-Qaeda in the Hulu limited series The Looming Tower, and as Judas opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara in the religious biopic Mary Magdalene.