news culture Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom reveals a first poster
Three years ! Guillaume Canet has been preparing the new adventure of Asterix and Obelix for the cinema for three years. Both director and actor on this feature film, the author of Les Petits Mouchoirs will finally be able to deliver the fruit of his hard work to the public. The Middle Kingdom, which is betting on a completely new scenario, unveils its very first poster today!
A poster and an impatient director!
It’s almost the end of the tunnel! After three years of work, Guillaume Canet is delighted to present this very first poster of Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom. In this epic, the little Gaul and his menhir delivery companion find themselves in China in the hope of reacting to the coup d’etat of a certain Deng Tsin Qin. The fifth live-action film in Goscinny and Uderzo’s comic strip, The Middle Empire is also one of the most expensive films in French cinema. With a budget of 65 million euros, expect a slew of special effects, sumptuous landscapes, but also and above all a stratospheric cast.
And here it is becoming more and more concrete this story!! It is with great pleasure and excitement that I finally present to you the first teaser poster of this crazy adventure that I have been on for the past three years. With in particular my lifelong friend, Gilles Lellouche, who you will see is amazing in Obélix!!! I can’t wait to show you pictures. It’s coming soon… see you soon!!!
In the vein of Asterix and Cleopatra?
In addition to Guillaume Canet and Gilles Lellouche in the roles of Asterix and Obelix, The Empire of the Middle displays a cast to rival many French films. In addition to special guests like former PSG footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the feature film will feature Vincent Cassel, Jonathan Cohen, Mario Cotillard, Julie Chen, Leanna Chea, José Garcia, Manu Payet, Ramzy Bedia, Bun Hay Mean, Linh-Dan Pham, Tran Vu Tran, Pierre Richard, Philippe Katerine, Jérôme Commandeur, Audrey Lamy, Franck Gastambide, Vincent Desagnat, Orelsan, Issa Doumbia, Thomas Vdb, Marc Fraize, Bigflo, Oli, Carlito, McFly, Yann Papin , Angèle, Matthieu Chedid and Chicandier. In spirit, we hope to find a semblance of Asterix and Cleopatra, both in the dialogues and in the rhythm of the adventure. The most discerning will have noticed that Guillaume Canet, who had lost a bet launched by McFly and Carlito, kept his word by inviting the duo into his film!
This rather anticipated film is a project which, like many feature films, has been battered by the Covid 19 pandemic. Filming, initially scheduled for spring 2020, was first postponed to September of the same year. Finally, filming was pushed back to March 8, 2021 to end a few months later, on August 6, 2021. Initially, there was talk of filming in China and Brittany, but the main part was finally filmed at the Bry-sur-Marne and Plessis-Pâté studios. A few days took place in the Moroccan desert as well as in Auvergne in the Massif du Sancy. We imagine that the post-production will make it possible to simulate the Himalayas as it should.
Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom will hit theaters on February 1, 2023.