Omar Sy to Star in Netflix Romantic Comedy ‘French Lover’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Omar Sy, the charismatic French actor of heist show “Lupin,” is set to star in “French Lover,” Netflix’s romantic comedy that will mark the directorial debut of Nina Rives.

Sy, who is currently attending the Cannes Film Festival and sits on Greta Gerwig’s competition jury, will star opposite Sara Giraudeau (“Bernadette”), Pascale Arbillot (“Lost Bullet”) and Alban Ivanov (“C’est la vie”).

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Hugo Gélin, who previously directed “Love at Second Sight” and “Two Is a Family,” a pair of heartwarming comedies which thrived at the French box office, is serving as artistic producer on the film.

Sy stars in “French Lover” as Abel Camara, the biggest star of the moment, who crosses paths with girl-next-door Marion (Giraudeau). Neither of them suspects this will be the beginning of a great love story.

“French Lover” is produced by Zazi Films, Federation Studio France and Korokoro Productions, with the participation of TF1. The Netflix movie will kick off production in Paris on May 27 and is due to be released on Netflix globally in 2025.

“I am thrilled to be partnering with the very talented Omar Sy and Hugo Gélin for my first film,” said Rives. “Quite simply, it is a romantic comedy made by people who love each other and make each other laugh,” she continued.

The high concept comedy will Sy’s return to lighter fare following a string of dramas, including “The Strangers’ Case,” “The Book of Clarence” and “Father and Soldier,” which he produced. The actor-producer recently launched the production vehicle Carrousel Studios with Louis Leterrier, the director of “Lupin” and “Fast X” and Thomas Benski, former Pulse Films CEO.

Sy, who is now based in Los Angeles, broke out in France with his Cesar-winning performance in “Intouchables” and became an international star with his role as Assane Diop in “Lupin,” which ranks as Netflix’s biggest French language series hit.

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