Depardieu eyes ‘Mammy’

French star tells Huston he wants lead

CANNES — Gerard Depardieu isn’t just in Cannes to shoot the breeze with his pal Roberto Benigni in the Hotel du Cap.

The French star has indicated to Anjelica Huston that he wants to play the lead male role in the Dublin-set comedy-drama “The Mammy,” which Huston will direct and star in this summer.

“Mammy” will be produced by Jim Sheridan and Arthur Lappin through their Universal-based Hell’s Kitchen outfit. The script was written by John Gold-smith and Brendan O’Carroll. October Films, which is 51% owned by U, is financing and distributing the pic.

Set in 1967, “Mammy” is about a woman who is forced to bring up her seven children following the death of her husband.

Depardieu is shooting Claude Zidi’s $45 million French-lingo “Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar,” which is being produced by Claude Berri. President Films is handling worldwide distribution.

(Michael Williams contributed to this report.)