Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”) has joined the cast of the Nicolas Bary-directed adaptation of French writer Daniel Pennac’s 1985 novel “The Scapegoat” for Chapter 2 and Pathe reports Screen Daily.
‘Scapegoat’ is the first of a book series and deals with Benjamin Malaussene (Raphael Personnaz), a quality controller in a Paris department store who is skilled at taking the blame for customer complaints.
When a bomb goes off in the toy department, he is a key suspect and he starts investigating the crime to clear his name. Bejo will play his investigative journalist girlfriend who is not afraid to break the rules.
Over five million copies of the book series have been sold in France. Dimitri Rassam will produce the €11.8 million production which also stars Emir Kusturica as Benjamin’s Serbian-Croatian petty criminal uncle.
Shooting is scheduled to start mid-February with an 11 week shoot in Paris and at the Delux Studios in Luxembourg.