A new band for Asterix

PARIS – What do Guillaume Canet, Gilles Lellouche, Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel, Pierre Richard, Philippe Katerine and the singer Angèle have in common? These great stars of French cinema and European music are part of the cast of the new film asterixwhich lands on our screens in two weeks.


Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom

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first movie asterix in live action that will be released in theaters from for his majestyin 2012, Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom will be released in Quebec on the same day as in France, that is, on the 1stAhem February. It is about the actor and director Guillaume Canet (the little handkerchiefs) who this time gets into the shoes of the famous blond Frenchman, in addition to having directed the film. His good friend Gilles Lellouche succeeds Gérard Depardieu wearing the Obelix costume.

Written by Canet, Julien Hervé and Philippe Mechelen, the middle empire It is not an adaptation of a comic book created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. The new film tells the adventures of Asterix and Obelix, as the two brave Gauls embark on a journey to China to help a princess free the country from her.

Met on Tuesday afternoon as part of the Rendez-vous d’Unifrance in Paris, Guillaume Canet did not hide the fact that he felt enormous pressure a few days after the film’s premiere. It is that in France, the middle empire it is awaited as a savior by the French film community, in a context where films from France have struggled to draw crowds since the post-pandemic recovery.


Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom

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“There is already pressure because with a budget like this [environ 93M$]the movie should work [au box-office]said the actor and director.

“But there is also additional pressure from the entire industry. Because after this pandemic, although the cinema is beginning to recover a bit, it remains fragile for French films. A great French film like asterix it could serve as a driving force for the other productions that will follow.


Marion Cotillard plays the role of Cleopatra.

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Marion Cotillard plays the role of Cleopatra.

update the franchise

As in previous films, this fifth asterix in real action it brings together a multitude of stars and surprising lightning appearances. Guillaume Canet entrusted the role of Cleopatra to his partner, Marion Cotillard. Vincent Cassel wears the costume of Julius Caesar, while Pierre Richard plays the Druid Panoramix.


Vincent Cassel as Julius Caesar.

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Vincent Cassel as Julius Caesar.

“There was a desire on our part to update the franchise and change the actors,” Canet said.

Several unexpected appearances are also on the show, including that of the Belgian singer Angèle (in Falbala) and the famous footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic (the formidable Antivirus warrior).


The singer Angèle in Falbala.

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The singer Angèle in Falbala.

“I really wanted to have big stars in the movie because it’s kind of a trademark of asterix, admits Canet. On the other hand, I really wanted them to have a real character and real scenes to play through. I didn’t want it to be free.

  • Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom hits theaters in Quebec on the 1Ahem February. We will come back to it.

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