PARIS — Gilles Lellouche (“Point Blank”), Vincent Lindon (“Anything for Her”) and Riccardo Scamarcio (“Romanzo Criminale”) have joined the cast of crime thriller “The Informant” (L’Aviseur), penned by Abdel Raouf Dafri (“A Prophet”).
Julien Leclercq, who previously helmed “The Assault,” is directing the €18.9 million ($25 million) pic, which is based on French undercover agent Marc Fievet’s autobiographical book “Dans la peau d’un narco: Infiltre au coeur de la mafia” (a href=”http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118015361″ target=”_new”>Variety, Feb. 13, 2010/a>).
“‘The Informant’ is the story of an ordinary guy who gets into a mean game — the border patrols’ merciless war against Gibraltar’s drug-runners — without knowing the cardinal rule: As in poker, if you sit at a table and you can’t tell who the sucker is, it means it’s you,” said Dafri.
Fievet spent more than a decade in prison after working as an informant for the French border patrol, which led to the dismantling of key drug rings.
“It’s a performance-driven film in the vein of classic crime movies like ‘Donnie Brasco’ and Michael Mann’s films,” said producer Dimitri Rassam at Chapter 2.
A French-Spanish-Canadian co-production, “The Informant” will lense in Gibraltar, Montreal and Tangier, Morocco.
Gaul’s Studio 37 is co-producing with Canadian shingle Transfilm and Spain’s Iberrota Films.
Rassam said Chapter 2 was in negotiations with a French company that will handle distribution in France and international sales.