Asterix and Obelix – the Middle Empire announced for next year

Guillaume Canet and Gilles Lellouche wear the costumes of Asterix and Obelix. Movie poster, Pathé

The blockbuster directed by Guillaume Canet, with its string of stars, sees the end of the tunnel after months of pitfalls and delays.

It will be necessary to wait another eight months to discover the last cinematographic adventures of the two irreducible Gauls. And to wait, several actors shared the poster for the next part on Monday on their social networks, Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom, which is scheduled for release on February 1, 2023.

This new story inspired by the work of Uderzo and Goscinny and directed by Guillaume Canet, differs from previous cinematographic sections. Unlike the other adventures of the saga, The middle Empire does not draw its story from a comic book volume. The original script was entrusted to the creators of the Tuches, Philippe Mechelen and Julien Hervé. The story will be that of Han Xuandi, daughter of the Emperor of China, who comes to find refuge in Gaul where she will obtain help to fight a renegade prince in his empire.

On the other hand, this new film is once again the opportunity to bring together a multitude of stars in a panorama of actors and artists who count today in the French landscape. In addition to directing the episode, Guillaume Canet will interpret Asterix giving the reply to Gilles Lellouche in Obélix, successor to Gérard Depardieu. The cast also includes Vincent Cassel (César), Marion Cotillard (Cléopâtre), singer Angèle (Falbala), Philippe Katerine (Assurancetourix), but also Jonathan Cohen, Ramzy Bedia, footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, YouTubers McFly and Carlito, rapper Orelsan and Bif Flo and Oli…

chaotic filming

Announced in 2017, the film with an announced budget of 65 million has accumulated difficulties. Designed to attract Chinese funding, the production had to face the facts. Contrary to what the synopsis imagines, the reputation of the irreducible Gauls is not known until Shanghai. Not only Asterix is ​​not among the most famous characters of the local public but moreover the outlines of scenario presented did not have the good fortune to please the producers canvassed. Filming was then chaotic, hit by the covid pandemic in 2020. Several times postponed, the approximately 70 days of filming in China were finally canceled. In addition to the scenes of the village, reconstituted on the former air base of Brétigny-sur-Orge, the production opts for exteriors shot in Auvergne. But that’s without taking into account the capricious weather in Sancy, which delays shooting for more than three weeks, for which up to 600 people are mobilized. To believe that the sky had fallen on their heads.


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