Big screen, star studded adaption of French Novella-'The Little Prince'

MUMBAI: The star studded cast comprising of James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro and Paul Giamatti have been brought on board to voice the characters of the big screen adaption of Antoine de Saint-Exupery‘s French novella The Little Prince. The film adaption of the classic children‘s book will see a brilliant voice cast with three Oscar winners including Bridges, Cotillard and Del Toro.
The film adaption will be directed by the Kung Fu Panda director, Mark Osborne and is being produced by Onyx Films‘ Aton Soumache along with Dimitri Rassam. Soumache had also produced the stylish 2006 animated film Renaissance. While there is speculation that the Melrose studio would be involved as the film‘s U.S. distributor, the official statement regarding the same hasn’t been declared.

The film’s story will centre on a pilot who crash-lands in the Sahara desert and comes across a little boy who says he is a prince fallen to Earth from his home on an asteroid. As the pilot repairs his plane, the little prince amuses him with stories about his homeland and the foolish inhabitants of nearby asteroids. It shall also include societal criticism, remarking on the strangeness of the adult world.
While Bridges will voice the protagonist pilot, it was not revealed which roles the other actors were taking on.
The French book Le Petit Prince was first published in 1943 and translated into over 250 languages. Its philosophical nature had appealed to both adults and children making it the most read and most translated book in the French language, and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France.

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