Magazine article Screen International

Jean Reno to Star in Sweeney Remake

Magazine article Screen International

Jean Reno to Star in Sweeney Remake

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French star takes on Ray Winstone role in Paris-set remake, The Squad.

France's SND and Capture [The Flag] Films are joining forces with the UK's Vertigo Films on The Squad, an upcoming Paris-set remake of The Sweeney.

The feature, to be directed by Benjamin Rocher, is due to shoot in Paris this October with French star Jean Reno in the lead role of Buren, a tough, old-time Paris police cop who does not play by the rules.

"Director Benjamin Rocher and producers SND and Capture [The Flag] Films have an incredible vision for this action packed movie set on the streets of Paris," said Vertigo Films co-founder James Richardson.

"We are tremendously excited to be turning The Sweeney into this brilliant French version with the privilege of being able to work with one of our favorite actors, Jean Reno.

The film is a remake of British director Nick Love's 2012 feature The Sweeney, starring Ray Winstone as tough London detective Jack Regan, which in turn was inspired by the iconic 1970s police series starring John Thaw in the lead role.

"Jean Reno one of the most beloved French actors with a worldwide fan base, will bring all his charisma and depth to portray Buren, a tough police officer determined to do what it takes to catch the bad guys," said SND's head of international sales Charlotte Boucon.

Rocher, who has gained international recognition with genre films The Horde and Goal of the Dead, will direct. Capture [The Flag] Films, the production company he founded with his brother Raphaël Rocher, produced both those films. …

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