Samuel Le Bihan will star in and Eric Stoltz has signed on to direct the French/American/Indian co-production “Racing Patriots” for Oakdale Pictures, Durendal Media Pictures and Cartel Productions says Variety.
Frederic Helmer’s script follows three Grand Prix champs who escaped from France in 1940 and were trained by Winston Churchill’s Special Operations Unit as spies and saboteurs. They soon help lead the French resistance during the occupation under the noses of the Gestapo and Nazi terrorism experts.
Le Bihan will topline as Robert Benoist, a WWI flying ace and 1927 World Champion. The other two roles – First Monaco Grand Prix winner William Grover-Williams, and 1937 and 1939 Le Mans winner Jean Pierre Wimille – have yet to be announced.
Dana MacDuff, Brandon MacDuff, Patrice Bonneyrat, Laurent Tolleron, Pierre Morel and Jarratt Carson will produce. Shooting kicks off this winter in France, England and the Czech Republic.