Four fitted for bilingual 'Shoe'
Bartha will play Jack, an American who wins a vacation for two to Paris but gets dumped by his girlfriend (Pare) just before the trip. He decides to go by himself, only to find that his luggage has been swapped with the identical bag of French businesswoman Chloe (Laurent).
As Jack is trapped inside his hotel with no money, clothes or French-language skills, Chloe falls in love with his belongings (including his shoes) and, feeling fate has brought them together, sets out on a search to find him. Boyd (the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy) is attached to play Jack's Scottish best friend, who persuades him to take the trip alone.
Writer-director Jennifer Devoldere's first feature has begun a six-week shoot in Paris, to be followed by a week in Montreal.
Bartha's credits include "Failure to Launch," "National Treasure," "Trust the Man" and the upcoming "National Treasure: Book of Secrets."
Laurent won this year's Cesar, Lumiere and Etoiles d'Or awards as most promising actress for her starring role in Philippe Lioret's "Je vais bien, ne t'en fais pas." Her other credits include the Oscar-nominated "Days of Glory," "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" and the upcoming "Paris" with Juliette Binoche.
The French/Canadian feature is produced by Quad Prods.' Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky and Bruno Chiche and Remstar Prods.' Andre Rouleau and Maxime Remillard. Financing was provided by Canal Plus, TF1 and Studio 37.
The latter production outfit prebought some of the film's theatrical and video rights, providing a minimum guarantee on international sales. Remstar holds rights for North American distribution sales.
Remstar's projects include the horror film "An American Haunting." Quad's features include "Just Friends," starring Gerard Depardieu, and "Viva Cuba."
Bartha is repped by ICM and Scott Wexler at Anonymous Content. Laurent is repped by Artmedia. Boyd is repped by SDB, Brunskill Management and Seven Summits Pictures & Management. Pare is repped by ICM, Andi State at Encore Entertainment and Nick Frenkel at 3 Arts Entertainment.