January 29, 2022

After the flop of Valerian and Anna, Luc Besson is back with a new film

At the start of 2022, Luc Besson announced the upcoming shooting of his next film, with its main actor and a pitch.

Luc Besson is an eternal zigzag, both in the quality of his filmography and in the development of his career (especially with the financial disaster of Valerian for EuropaCorp). Between the failures of The City of a Thousand Planets in 2017 et Anna in 2019, and all the accusations of sexual assault against him, the director is in a bad way.

However, while the French justice pronounced a dismissal against the scenario writer last December (even if the actress Sand Van Roy, at the origin of the accusation, announced his intention to appeal) and that the pandemic world has come a long way, Besson took advantage of dawn 2022 to announce his new project. He has already been able to reveal the main actor and a sketch of history at Variety.

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Entitled DogMan, it would be the story of a man broken by life, who finds his salvation thanks to his love for dogs. A film which would therefore pour into the typical sentimentalism of the director, who has never failed to take a tender look at the epic of his heroes.

In the great international tradition of the director, the main character will be played by an American: Caleb Landry Jones. An actor still little known to the general public and yet already among the best current actors. While many remember his succinct but violent performance in Get Out or the Howler in X-Men: The Beginning, the Texan especially won the prize for best male interpretation at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival for Nitram, Justin Kurzel’s latest film (Macbeth, Assassin’s Creed). What to give a real asset to the film, on paper.

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Otherwise, for now, that’s all we know about this new film by Luc Besson. The start of filming is scheduled for May 2022 and the shots will take place in France and the United States. EuropaCorp, despite its difficulties, will co-produce the film.

Absent for three years with Anna, the French director will therefore make his comeback with DogMan, For better or for worse. Although he has said several times in recent years that he may soon end his film career, Variety added – unspecified – that Besson would develop several films and series in addition to DogMan, that we should see around 2023 in our theaters.