Jean Reno's immortel in 22 Bullets
Jean Reno is set to return as cold blooded killer, a much nastier character than you might remember from Léon, Ronin, The Crimson Rivers or his money making Hollywood roles since. While it isn't his only role coming up - we're even set to see him in Hollywood's Armored - it's certainly one of the most interesting.
L'immortel, or 22 Bullets, will see him take the lead of an ex-mafia member who has been living the straight and clean life for years now as a wife and husband. However one morning he is shot twenty-two times and left for dead, but someone he survives and he comes looking for revenge.
It does sound a little like the many revenge thrillers that have hit this area from the days of black and white right up to quite recently, I'm thinking from Lee Marvin's Point Blank and Prime Cut right through to films like Mel Gibson in Payback and Liam Neeson in Taken (Filmstalker review), , and it sounds as though it'll be cutting similar ground to these films.
After a long, brutal and successful career in the Marseille mafia, Charly Matteï has gone straight. For three years, he has lived a quiet life devoted to his wife and two young children. Then, one winter morning, he is left for dead on the docks of the old port with 22 bullets in his body. Somehow he survives. And goes looking for Tony Zacchia, the only man who would dare to try to kill him. Zacchia made just one mistake: he failed.
How superb does that sound? Added to that Richard Berry is directing the story he adapted with Mathieu Delaporte from the Franz-Olivier Giesbert's bestselling novel. Sounds superb, the casting Jean Reno will just have discerning audiences flocking to see it.