Berenice Bejo is preparing for an extraordinary journey…
The 40-year-old Argentine actress, an Oscar nominee for her performance in The Artist, will star in The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, an adventure-fantasy film directed by Ken Scott.
One of the most ambitious English-language titles on the slate of the recently rebranded TF1 Studios, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir will also topline Indian star Dhanush, Erin Moriarty, Barkhad Abdi, Laurent Lafitte and Abel Jafri.
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir was initially set to be directed by Persepolis helmer Marjane Satrapi. Scott came on board a few months ago to rework the script and direct the movie, which is scheduled to begin shooting in May in Mumbai, Paris, Brussels, and Rome.
The film is based on Romain Puértolas’ bestselling debut novel, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe, which was published in 2014 and has been translated into 35 languages.
“The book was a huge success. It was sold in 36 countries. It’s a bestseller. There’s many aspects that interested me, there’s obviously comedy, a lot of comedy, some very poetic moments. It’s the story of this magician/thief who grew up in this small neighborhood in Mumbai, India, he sets sail on this journey of self-discovery throughout Europe,” said Scott.
“What’s great is I get to work with a great actor, Dhanush, who is a huge star in India, he’s a great actor, but also a great dancer, a great singer, he has a very unique way of dancing and moving, he’s just very charming,” added Scott.