×

Tahar Rahim in Talks to Star in Damien Chazelle’s Netflix Show ‘The Eddy’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Tahar Rahim, the French actor currently appearing in the Berlinale opening film “The Kindness of Strangers,” is in negotiations to star in Damien Chazelle’s highly anticipated Netflix series “The Eddy,” Variety has learned.

A Paris-set musical series written by Jack Thorne (“National Treasure”), “The Eddy” will revolve around a club, its owner, the house band, and the chaotic city that surrounds them. The series is expected to start shooting on location in Paris later this year.

Chazelle, the Oscar-winning director of “La La Land” and “First Man,” will direct several episodes of the series, on top of exec-producing. Glen Ballard, the composer and producer of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” and Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” is composing the original score for the series and will also exec-produce it, along with Alan Poul (“Six Feet Under,” “The Newsroom”).

Some episodes will be directed Houda Benyamina, several sources say. Benyamina helmed “Divines,” which world premiered in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2016, won Cannes’ Golden Camera award and was acquired by Netflix.

Rahim has been in the spotlight since delivering a breakout performance in Jacques Audiard’s gritty Oscar-nominated prison drama “A Prophet,” which won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2009. Since then, Rahim has worked with a number of high-profile auteurs from around the world, including Asghar Farhadi (“The Past”), Fatih Akin (“The Cut”), Lou Ye (“Love and Bruises”), Joachim Lafosse (“Our Children”) and Rebecca Zlotowski (“Grand Central”).

Aside from his film work, Rahim has had roles in Hulu’s miniseries “The Looming Tower” and crime drama “The Last Panthers,” which was also written by Thorne.

Thorne is also an executive producer on “The Eddy.” Endeavor Content is developing “The Eddy” with Netflix, which will premiere the series exclusively for subscribers worldwide. Atlantique Productions is executive-producing the series in France.

More TV

  • BBC Studios, ZDF Form Development and

    BBC Studios, ZDF Form Development and Co-Production Partnership

    BBC Studios and German pubcaster ZDF have formed a strategic partnership to develop and co-produce “world-class content,” the two companies announced Thursday. The new long-term partnership will bring BBC Studios, the British pubcaster’s commercial arm, and ZDF together to co-develop scripted TV series, such as “The Mallorca Files,” created by Dan Sefton. Both companies will [...]

  • Nat Geo to Air Jeremy Irons-Narrated

    Nat Geo to Air Jeremy Irons-Narrated 'History of the Emirates' Series Globally (EXCLUSIVE)

    National Geographic has taken the bulk of global rights to documentary series “History of the Emirates,” narrated by Jeremy Irons and co-produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi together with British factual production outfit Atlantic Productions. The series profiles the United Arab Emirates’ ancient history, going back 125,000 years and culminating in the country’s union in [...]

  • View Conference Opens Registration for 2019

    2019 View Conference Opens Registration, Calls for Short Film Competition Entries

    Registration is now open for the 2019 edition of the View Conference in Turin, Italy. No speakers have been announced yet, but past conferences have featured some of the world’s top creative talents in visual effects, animation, gaming, virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality. Last year’s edition featured composer Hans Zimmer, Paramount Animation topper [...]

  • The Gifted Rel Canceled

    Fox Cancels Marvel Drama 'The Gifted,' Comedy 'Rel'

    Fox has canceled the Marvel drama “The Gifted” after two seasons and Lil Rel Howery comedy “Rel” after one season, Variety has learned. “Gifted” was set in the Marvel “X-Men” universe and followed a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their teenage children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on [...]

  • Whose Line Is It Anyway

    TV News Roundup: CW Sets Summer Premiere Dates, Announces Six New Series

    In today’s roundup, the CW announces five returning and six new series for its summer slate.  DATES “Queen of the South” will return to USA Network for its fourth season June 6 at 10/9c. Alice Braga plays the show’s lead, a woman seeking refuge in the United State after fleeing from a Mexican drug cartel. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content