With the Petit Spirou movie having recently finished shooting, production of a Spirou & Fantasio film is also moving forwards. According to CloneWeb, the two main roles have been cast and a director chosen.
Thomas Solivéres (26) will play Spirou. He is a French comedian who made his film debut in a small part in the international hit The Intouchables (2011). He has since appeared in a number of roles including in Breathe (2014), The Grad Job (À toute épreuve, 2014) and The Student and Mister Henri (2015). He also appears regularly on stage and on television.
Alex Lutz (38) will take on the role of Fantasio. Lutz is a fairly well-known French actor, comedian and director of film and theater. He is most famous for the current-events-based sketch program La revue de presse de Catherine et Liliane (“News Update with Catherine and Liliane”) on Canal+; originally a feature on the show Le Petit Journal, but now its own program. He plays Catherine (in drag), and also co-writes the show with Bruno Sanchez (who plays Liliane). Apart from that he has appeared in a long list of movies, including OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009) and as the star of Thanks to My Friends (Le Talent de mes amis, 2015), which he also co-wrote and directed.
The director will be Alexandre Coffre. Coffre started out directing commercials, with his first full feature being the comedy Borderline (Une pure affaire, 2011), based on the novel Powder by Matthew Kneale. This was followed by Eyjafjallajökull or The Volcano (2013) and Le père Noël (2014), both of them also comedies. He’s credited as a writer on all his movies to date, so he might also be involved with the Spirou & Fantasio script.
As previously announced, the villain (who might be Zorglub, Zantafio or some other character) will be played by Ramzy Bédia (44). Filming will take place in Morocco, and the story is supposedly going to be a “grand adventure.” No timeframe for the filming or the release has been announced.
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