Guillaume Canet, both director and actor in the title role, Gilles Lellouche (Obélix), Marion Cotillard (Cléopâtre), Vincent Cassel (César)… Half of French cinema is found in the cast of the next Asterix, entitled Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom… In a perfectly concerted operation, all the actors shared their role on Instagram this Thursday morning. And, like Pierre Richard, Orelsan, Jonathan Cohen or McFly and Carlito, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be part of the adventure, in the role of Antivirus.
If it is indeed Caius Antivirus, the stainless Swedish striker of AC Milan will resume the character played by Jean-Paul Rouve in the mythical Cleopatra Mission (2002) orchestrated by Alain Chabat: that of a Roman legionary from the Babaorum camp. We can assume that the future forty-something will be there especially for the blink of an eye, like Zinédine Zidane, Michael Schumacher, Amélie Mauresmo or Tony Parker in previous films around the Gallic hero.
When can we compare the performance of the former PSG star to that of Neymar, a fleeting monk in La Casa de Papel, or that of the legendary Walter Spanghero, rugby consultant in The graduates of the last rank ? Difficult to say, since the film could not be shot in 2020 as planned. Here as everywhere else, it is Coronavirus that decides.