French film ‘The Intouchables’ to get U.S. remake

Posted on June 18, 2012 /Film


The U.S. remake of French interracial blockbuster The Intouchables is reportedly in the works. Producers are rumored to be vetting a well-known black actor for the lead role originally played by French actor Omar Sy, who became the first black actor to win a coveted César award for his portrayal of an unorthodox caregiver.

New York Post reports:

“Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig is moving into dramatic territory with an American remake of the French smash “The Intouchables,” and buzz is building over who will take on the role that won Omar Sy the French equivalent of a Best Actor Oscar. We hear stars circling the role in the Weinstein Co. film include Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx and Idris Elba from “The Wire.” The story follows a wealthy, disabled man who hires a commoner caretaker. Sources say “Lawless” star Jessica Chastain and Michelle Williams of “My Week With Marilyn” are in the mix for the female lead. The movie’s original French version, which is now playing in the States, hauled in $349 million internationally.