‘Train’ on the rails

Helmer Leconte reteams with Rochefort

PARIS — French director Patrice Leconte is prepping his next pic, “L’Homme du Train” (The Man on the Train).

The pic, to be produced by Philippe Carcassonne, will star Jean Rochefort and French pop singer Johnny Hallyday. Lensing is skedded for early November in France.

In contrast with Leconte’s recent films, “The Widow of St. Pierre” and “Rue des Plaisirs,” “Train” returns to a more intimate style. It is the story of two opposites — a quiet teacher (Rochefort) and a hardened gangster (Hallyday) — who meet and realize each might have been better suited to the other man’s life.

The script was penned by Claude Klotz, who also wrote Leconte’s “Felix and Lola.”

This is the seventh time Rochefort and Leconte have worked together.

Earlier this year, Rochefort was forced to pull out of the lead role in Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” causing the project to fold, when he suffered a double disk hernia. He has since made a full recovery. Before “Train,” Rochefort will shoot Bernie Bonvoisin’s actioner “Blanche.”

Carcassone’s production outfit Cine B is 50% owned by French film group Pathe.

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