Chris Tucker Could Star in a Remake of French Hit 'The Intouchables'
In April, we featured the trailer for a French movie called The Intouchables, a heartwarming film that has gone on to international acclaim and will actually be France's entry into the Foreign Language category at next year's Oscar ceremony. Awards guru Harvey Weinstein picked it up for U.S. distribution, but before he did that, he snagged the rights for an English remake with Oscar winner Colin Firth attached to play one of the lead roles. Now, following his strong supporting turn in the Weinstein Co.'s Silver Linings Playbook, the actor told Blackfilm (via ComingSoon) that he's in talks to play other co-lead role in the remake. Read on!
In case you missed it, here's the trailer for the original The Intouchables once again:
I can totally see Tucker playing the role that Omar Sy tackled originally, but he'll have some pretty big shoes to fill considering Sy (who recently appeared in Guy Ritchie's Call of Duty ad with Downey) won the César Award for Best Actor for his work, beating out Jean Dujardin for The Artist last year. Here is what Tucker said to Blackfilm when asked if he's seen the original and would consider starring in the remake:
I’ve seen it and yes, I have been talking with them (producers) about doing it. I hope something will come out of it because I really like the movie and they are in the process of getting it together. So there’s a possibility that it might happen.
Seems like there are some actual discussions going on here and not just fantasy casting, and with Tucker regaining relevance through David O. Russell's crowd-pleaser, it expands his range and makes him more than just "the guy that stars in those Rush Hour movies" to general audiences. I haven't seen the French original yet, but the trailer looks fantastic and this seems like a great opportunity for Tucker to mount a real comeback after being absent from the movie landscape for so long. Thoughts?