Jean Dujardin May Head Back to His Roots in 'Le Petit Joueur'

9:10 AM PST 02/28/2012 by Rebecca Leffler
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Jean Dujardin

The French film would reunite the Academy Award-winning actor with the comedy troupe that launched his career.

He may have recently made many friends in Hollywood, but Oscar-winning actor Jean Dujardin hasn’t forgotten les amis back in his native France and may be reunited with the comedy troupe that launched his career in upcoming film Le Petit Joueur.

French media reported the project on Tuesday, but a rep for the film’s director Manu Joucla refused to give details on the project. 

Joucla and Dujardin were members of sketch comedy troupe Nous C Nous alongside actors Bruno Salomone, Eric Massot and Eric Collado who will all co-star with Dujardin in the upcoming ensemble comedy. 

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The film also stars Dujardin’s real-life wife Alexandra Lamy and her actress sister Audrey, plus Shirley Bousquet and French funnywoman Florence Foresti.

Le Petit Joueur, that means The Little Player in French, will start shooting this summer in Tunisia. Given his hectic shooting schedule with thriller Mobius in pre-production, Dujardin will have a smaller role in the film than planned, but still plans to lend his talents to the project.

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The comedy centers on an out-of-work guy separated from his wife who decides to compete in a poker tournament organized by a billionaire. Nous C Nous was formed in 1998 and rose to success after parodying boy bands.

Thanks to its popularity among French TV viewers, Dujardin was approached by France 2 in 1999 for A Girl and a Guy, opposite his current wife Alexandra Lamy, the show that would launch his career. Before The Little Player, Dujardin fans can catch their favorite actor in The Players that hits French theaters on Wednesday.

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