Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar makes political thriller with Richard Gere in ‘Norman’

Richard Gere as ‘Norman.’ The film by Joseph Cedar is about Norman Oppenheimer.

Filmmaker Joseph Cedar just could not get Norman Oppenheimer out of his mind. The New York-born writer-director who was raised in Israel created the character amid another screenplay he was writing, but quickly realized that the small-time New York political operative was more interesting than the other characters surrounding him. So much so that his new…