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French actor and Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu will star in a Russian TV series based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s classic 1879 novel, The Brothers Karamazov.
The series, produced by Mars Media, will consist of eight episodes, with shooting planned for 2017.
Mars Media head Ruben Dishdishyan told Russian news agency Rambler News Service, “Depardieu was the initiator of the project. He will play the father of the Karamazovs.”
According to Dishdishyan, French producer Jean-Pierre Guerin — who produced the French TV series Le comte de Monte Cristo, Balzac and Les miserables, starring Depardieu — will also come on board.
Funding for the series will come from Russia and France, but it still does not have a network home in Russia.
The Brothers Karamazov was adapted for television in Russia in 1968 and in 2009.
In the U.S., the novel’s 1958 adaptation, directed by Richard Brooks, brought Lee J. Cobb a best supporting actor Oscar nomination.
Depardieu was granted Russian citizenship in early 2013. Last year, some Russian media outlets reported that he had sold his apartments in Grozny and Saransk in a bid to cut back ties with Russia, but that was never confirmed.
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