Known for their Gallic charm and acting chops, these actors continue to make an impression in Hollywood
Known for their Gallic charm and acting chops, these actors continue to make an impression in HollywoodSpectre might not be French actress Léa Seydoux’s (30) first Hollywood outing (she’s worked in The Grand Budapest Hotel and Inglourious Basterds, to name a few) but the film has definitely put her back under the spotlight, what with her romancing none other than James Bond himself. But she isn’t the only French import making an impact in Hollywood. Here’s what the others are up to:
He’s probably one of the most famous French actors in Hollywood. And while he was last talked about in 2010 for his role as Thomas Leroy in Black Swan, the 49-year-old actor is set to grab attention all over again in the 2016-spy thriller that will bring Jason Bourne back on screen. The fifth film in the series, which is being directed by Paul Greengrass, and stars Matt Damon, is still untitled. But we do know that Cassel plays the bad guy in it. Cassel and Monica Bellucci ended their marriage of 14 years, two years ago, but it was only in a recent interview that Bellucci said that she feels liberated after having separated from Cassel. Meanwhile, Cassel’s latest Partisan, a dystopian fable, hasn’t fared too well with critics.
His French film Intouchables was a runaway hit, grossing over $426 million. And that probably led him to land his first Hollywood project, X-Men: Days of Future Past. The actor, who had lent his voice for a sheep in Brother Bear, was also seen in Jurassic World, and the more recent Burnt, with Bradley Cooper, and Our Brand is Crisis, starring Susan Sarandon. The 37-year-old French actor and comedian will be seen in 2016, in Dan Brown’s Inferno directed by Ron Howard. The film also stars Tom Hanks (as Robert Langdon) and Felicity Jones.
Eva Green, 35, is best remembered for her role as Vesper, James Bond’s love interest in Casino Royale. And while she’s currently being talked about for her role in the television series Penny Dreadful, the one film we’re all waiting for is Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, starring Green, Asa Butterfield, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench and Samuel L Jackson. And though we’ll have to wait till the end of 2016 for the film, a Burton film means a treat is in store.
The James Bond franchise is definitely a good launching pad for foreign actresses. French television star Bérénice Marlohe drew attention to herself when she played the sultry Severin in the 23rd Bond film Skyfall (2012). Subsequently, she starred in the 2015 film 5 to 7. Up next is Terrence Malik’s untitled musical drama, where she will be seen alongside Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale and Natalie Portman.
This film is due to release in 2016.