Casting News: Jamie Foxx, Idris Elba, Chris Rock Vying for Intouchables Role

Actors circling lead in American remake of French hit.

Posted: 06/19/2012 08:00 AM EDT
Jamie Foxx, Idris Elba, Chris Rock

The fight for the lead role in The Intouchables sounds like a match up better than Paquiao vs. Mayweather.

The New York Post reports that Idris Elba, Chris Rock and Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx are all eyeing the lead in Paul Feig's remake of the French hit The Intouchables. While Elba's and Foxx's dramatic acting chops have been proven many times over, Rock is transitioning into more serious roles with his turn in Julie Delpy's upcoming indie 2 Days in New York

The original film, which opened in the US on May 25, is about a wealthy man who hires a guy from the projects to be his caretaker following a paralyzing accident. Colin Firth is in talks to play aristocrat Phillipe, and Michelle Williams and Jessica Chastain are in the mix for the female lead.

The French version was a critical darling and earned lots of acclaim for Senegalese actor Omar Sy, who plays Algerian tough Driss in the original.

The project, which is being produced by Oscar-favorite The Weinstein Company, is a departure for director Feig, who is known as a comedy director. No word yet on if his American remake will take a lighter tone than the French original or if he's making a dramatic turn.

Casting choices are yet to be confirmed, but clearly Feig has some great options on the table for this coveted role.



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