Gerard Depardieu to Topline in Russian Comedy

Leo Barraclough
Variety

French thesp Gerard Depardieu will topline in Russian comedy “Sports Without Borders,” which is set during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Depardieu, who became a Russian citizen earlier this year, will play the head of Russia’s men’s alpine ski team, who fires his coaching staff and hires an eccentric Austrian replacement, according to RIA Novosti news agency.

Austrian director Otto Retzer and Russian Alexander Lomakin will co-direct the pic, which is budgeted at Euros 3 million ($4 million). Russian shingle Stella is producing.


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