04/16/2011 09:14 am ET Updated Jun 16, 2011

'This Must Be The Place': Sean Penn In Makeup As Robert Smith-Like Rocker (PHOTO)

Sean Penn reached star status in the 1980's, and in his new film, he's revisiting the decade in a whole new light.

The Oscar-winner stars in the Cannes-selected movie "This Must Be The Place," starring as a retired, Robert Smith-esque rocker who, learning of his just passed father's torture in Auschwitz, sets out to seek revenge on the Nazi who inflicted the damage all those years ago. It'd be a compelling role no matter what for Penn, a serious and artistic choice based in social justice, but the addition of the Cure-inspired backstory adds a new dimension to the film.

Frances McDormand and Judd Hirsch co-star in the Paolo Sorrentino-directed film. It's one of two major projects that Penn will feature in this year; he's also got a starring role in the highly anticipated Terrence Malick film, "The Tree of Life."

Penn was recently offered the role of Mickey Cohen in the real-life mob drama, "Gangster Squad."