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Jamie Foxx, Chris Rock, Idris Elba Reportedly Circling Lead Role In 'Intouchables' Remake

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by Courtney
June 18, 2012 5:10 PM
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We already know that The Weinstein Company (TWC) is moving full speed ahead with a remake of the French blockbuster hit The Intouchables, with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is in early negotiations to direct the English-language remake for The Weinstein Company, and Colin Firth in early talks to star in the role played by François Cluzet.

Of course the question has been who would play the role originated by Omar Sy - the role that won him lots of accolades, including the highest honor an actor in Franch could get?

As Tambay said in his review of the film, in the real-life story the film is based on, the character played by Omar Sy, Abdel Sellou, is Algerian in real life. But they went with the Senegalese Sy. And there was question of whether the actor chosen to play the role in the American remake may not be black American/African.

Omar Sy himself said that the Stateside equivalent of the relationship between the countries that two men in the original film/real life are from, would be akin to that between the USA and Mexico; so the character he plays in the original film should really be played by a Mexican actor in the Hollywood/Weinstein Company remake - if they wanted to be 100% authentic as Omar Sy described.

But it doesn't look like that will happen, as it's being reported that Jamie Foxx, Chris Rock and Idris Elba are on the short list of actors to play the lead role in director Paul Feig's remake.

Things that make you go hmm...

This is all coming from the New York Post, with no other media outlets saying the same thing so I say we should file this in the *unconfirmed* column for now.

The post also says that Feig is chasing Michelle Williams and Jessica Chastain for the lead female role.

I haven't watched the original film yet. But based on Tambay's review, and other reviews I've read, it's not clear to me how close the remake will be to the original because it doesn't sound like the original would work exactly as it is with American characters in it.

But let's watch this and see where it goes.

Watch the trailer below for a reminder of the original, and see if you can envision either of the 3 actors in the Omar Sy role:

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9 Comments

  • KrystalMHarris | July 2, 2012 6:09 PMReply

    First of all this movie is amazing and should not be remade but hollywood does love a good remake of a foreign film i.e. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo... But lets just talk about why Weinstein wouldn't go after Dustin Hoffman for the lead role??? I mean that would be a movie I would watch even if it is a remake. Dustin Hoffman and Djimon hounsou. Sold. Oscar. Best Picture. Best Actor. Best Supporting... Come on Harvey do it!

  • NO BRAINER | June 19, 2012 2:40 PMReply

    A remake? BOOOOOO!!!

  • Donella | June 19, 2012 1:28 PMReply

    Chris Rock seems to have a fondness for remaking movies -- Down to Earth, I Think I Love My Wife, Death at a Funeral...

  • LISA P | June 19, 2012 12:11 AMReply

    i hope they don't make this a spoof movie or try too hard like the Death at a Funeral remake. The original movie was so raw and natural and real which is what made it so good. The parts of the movie that was the funniest were the most subtle because they weren't trying to be over the top funny. I love French films and this is my favorite of all time

  • Lynne St. John | June 18, 2012 9:59 PMReply

    Idris Elba - hand's down!
    He absolutely rocks - he would be so wonderful.

  • Jai | June 18, 2012 6:12 PMReply

    Why is Chris Rock even mentioned?

  • jeni | June 18, 2012 5:53 PMReply

    I saw the film...I still say a youthful (mid-to late 20s) Hispanic actor would be a better match for the themes of the original. However, since H'wood is all about the $$$, and would likely go for name recognition rather than taking a risk on a new face, my vote would be for Idris.

  • everyoneknowsmyname | June 18, 2012 5:26 PMReply

    Not true. It works perfectly. You need to change nothing. A guy would rather collect unemployment checks rather than work. Listens to 70s soul. Has a younger brother is in a gang.
    The only problem is of political correctness. What makes Intouchables funny is that Omar Sy's character is so politically incorrect. Francois Cluzet character could never get away with saying what Omar Sy's character says. It would be considered racist. The same way in America blacks are given a bit more leeway or used to be to say things other ethnic groups can't get away it. Think Chris Rock and a white guy saying his type of jokes. But if you take that out or tone it down you have no movie. That is danger. America's excessive crossover to pc righteousness. It's like I watch an old picture like Stir Crazy and no one would try the jokes Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor deliver. God knows we must not offend everybody so we offend nobody.
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  • Austin Film Festival | June 18, 2012 5:16 PMReply

    Paul Feig will be a panelist at the Austin Film Festival this October! Find out more at www.austinfilmfestival.com

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