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Cannes 2014 News - Omar Sy Teams Up w/ His 'Intouchables' Directors On 'Samba'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
May 16, 2014 2:07 PM
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Omar Sy is teaming up again with his Intouchables directors - Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano - on their next film, another dramedy, this one titled Samba, which Sy will of course star in, alongside Charlotte GainsbourgTahar Rahim and Izya Higelin.

Plot details on the Gaumont/Quad/Ten co-production are currently being kept under-wraps - other than the filmmakers calling it "a crowdpleaser, an ensemble comedy about friendship, solidarity and deals with current issues we can relate to in different parts of the world.” 

The $20 million film, which is currently in post-production, is being screened to international distributors at Cannes, and is said to be drawing lots of interest. So I'd expect a 2014 release. I won't be surprised if The Weinstein Company picks it up, as they did with Omar Sy's last 2 films - Intouchables, which was a global box office hit, and which Sy won the Cesar Award for; And On The Other Side Of The Tracks, most recently, which wasn't quite as big a hit.

His new agents at CAA have certainly been busy, getting the actor work, since he left France for the sun and fun of LA living.

Upcoming projects Sy is starring in include: a thriller titled Good PeopleStephen Gaghan's crime drama The Candy Store; Michel Gondry's Mood IndigoBryan Singer's X-men: Days Of Future Past; a biopic on Rafael Padilla - a former Cuban-born slave, who became the first black artist in France during the Belle Epoque era - and more.
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