Pathé finalized the casting for Asterix and Obelix: the Middle Kingdom (formerly known as Asterix and Obelix: Silk Road), the fifth upcoming live-action film in the beloved children’s franchise.
The cameras should be rolling this spring, with actors including Guillaume Canet in Asterix, Gilles Lellouche in Obélix (this is the first time in the French-speaking franchise of five films that Gérard Depardieu will not portray Obélix), Vincent Cassel in César, Marion Cotillard as Cleopatra and Jonathan Cohen as final thesis. Ramzy Bedia, Julie Chen, Linh-Dan Pham, Pierre Richard and in his feature debut, football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic as Oneofus are also featured.
Philippe Mechelen and Julien Hervé wrote the screenplay, and Guillaume Canet also directs. The project is produced by Trésor Films, Pathé Films and Les Enfants Terribles. The score will come from the French musician M.
Distributors include Pathé in France and Switzerland, Leonine in Germany, Kinoswiat in Poland, Unicorn in the CIS and Baltic countries, Blitz for the former Yugoslavia, Rosebud for Greece and Netflix in a handful of unnamed markets.
Netflix is separately developing a series based on the popular children’s story.
AC Milan star Ibrahimovic, one of football’s most iconic and decorated contemporary players, has played at clubs such as Barcelona, PSG, LA Galaxy and Manchester United.