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Cannes: Xavier Gens Readies Female Action Thriller ‘Little Mizz Innocent’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Xavier Gens, French director of “Hitman,” has taken the reins of “Little Mizz Innocent,” an action thriller set to shoot in Canada, France and China starting in September.

The $45 million-$55 million 3D picture is controlled by Goldove Entertainment, a film and music label founded by former banking executives Hudson and Lynda McKoy. Co-producers include French production services company Full Dawa and South Africa’s Zen HQ. International rights are represented by Hong Kong-based All Rights Entertainment.

Pitched in the vein of a female Jason Bourne or James Bond movie, the story involves a seemingly innocent United Nations interpreter who is caught between the FBI and a criminal dynasty. Script is by Gino McKoy.

Confirmed cast includes Christopher Plummer and Tyrese Gibson. The partners are looking to bring on a Chinese partner and a possible Chinese leading lady after a scheduling clash forced Olga Kurylenko to drop out. “We are still looking to have Olga involved in a sequel,” said All Rights’ chief Aymeric Contat-Desfontaines.

“The challenge I have set myself is to make a film that reflects our Little Mizz, and which is elegant but brutal,” Gens told Variety. “I’d like to reflect some of the energy of ‘The Raid’ in a movie that is still character-driven.”

Pre-production begins in July ahead of a shoot that runs from early September to mid-December.

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