Javier Bardem will star in Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Spanish-language film Biutiful, says Variety. Gonzalez Inarritu wrote the film, which shoots on location in Barcelona next week.

The film is about a man embroiled in shady dealings who is confronted by a childhood friend, now a policeman.

Biutiful will be co-produced by Fernando Bovaira's Mod production company and Cha Cha Cha, Gonzalez Inarritu's three-way partnership with Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro.