Jean Dujardin ("The Artist") and Gilles Lellouche ("Point Blank") have joined Cedric Jimenez's $26 million action thriller "La French" for Gaumont.
The story is set in Marseilles in the 1970s & 1980s, at the time it was the world capital of drug trafficking and the main supplier of heroin to the United States.
Dujardin will star as police magistrate Pierre Michel who waged an obsessive six-year battle to bring down the French Connection, the infamous drug ring. Lellouche plays Tany Zampa, a powerful drug lord.
Alain Goldman will produce with shooting to kick off in September for a late 2014 release.