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The deal will see the actor’s Paris and L.A.-based production company develop original films for Netflix, with Sy starring in and acting as executive producer on the projects.
Sy, who rose to prominence in France as a comedian and then a TV star, is no stranger to film. Before starring in the phenomenally successful Lupin, in which Sy plays a man who is inspired by the adventures of master thief Arsène Lupin, he starred in a series of hit French films including 2011’s Intouchables, which was a global box office hit and won him a Cesar Award for best actor. Other notable recent film roles include 2016’s Chocolat (which bagged him a Cesar best actor nomination) and Le Chant du Loup, released in 2019.
The deal is yet further evidence of Netflix’s commitment to producing strong local-language original series and features. In 2021 alone, the streamer’s French film output includes Alexandre Aja’s Oxygen, the action-comedy The Last Mercenary, the rom-com Friendzone and the drama Madame Claude.
Sy already has a Netflix feature on the horizon, with the actor collaborating with Lupin director Louis Leterrier on the upcoming action-comedy film, Tour de Force, co-starring Laurent Lafitte and launching on the platform in 2022.
“I have experienced Netflix’s collaboration with artists and their passion to bring unique and diverse stories to homes all over the world,” Sy said in a statement. “I am very happy to have the opportunity to extend the relationship and look forward to this next step of our journey together.”
Added Gaëlle Mareschi, director of international original film at Netflix in France, “We have been lucky enough to have worked closely with Omar for a number of years and are excited to now expand our partnership further to bring his creative vision to our global audiences. We look forward to working together with Omar and his team as he grows as a producer and brings more unique stories and voices to Netflix.”
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