Ferroukhi's WWII drama inspired by true story

PARIS — “A Prophet” star Tahar Rahim is set to topline Ismael Ferroukhi’s $10.3 million WWII drama “Free Men.”

Set in Paris, the pic follows a young immigrant worker from Algeria whose unexpected friendship with a Jewish man inspires him to join the Resistance, despite repeated threats from the Gestapo.

The film, inspired by a true story, is penned by Ferroukhi and Alain-Michel Blanc. The pic is produced by Paris-based Pyramide Films and co-produced by Solaire Prods., VMP and France 3 Cinema.

Pyramide will handle distribution in France and international sales. Gallic paybox Canal Plus and cable network Cine Cinema have pre-bought the film, which also received coin from the CNC’s advance on receipts and the Ile de France film commission.

The 10-week shoot starts Monday in Paris and will continue in Morocco.

Rahim has just wrapped Kevin Macdonald’s “The Eagle” and has many projects in development and pre-production, including Lou Ye’s “Love and Bruises,” Emir Kusturica’s “Cool Water” and Joachim Lafosse’s “Aimer a perdre la raison.”

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