French-Senegalese actor and Lupin star Omar Sy has entered into a television deal with US subscription video-on-demand service HBO Max.
Sy will develop international series with the service, which is part of the newly merged Warner Bros Discovery group.
Announcing the news on Instagram, Sy said: “I am very happy to be partnering with HBO Max who share my dreams of developing globally appealing TV content for audiences around the world, including French-speaking Africa, France and the United States.”
Sy recently signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to develop original feature films. He is also set to co-star in Lionsgate action-thriller Shadow Force and has starred in comedy-drama film The Intouchables, as well as Inferno, Transformers: The Last Knight and The Takedown.
French-Senegalese actor Omar Sy (Lupin) is set to co-star in Lionsgate action-thriller film Shadow Force.
Shadow Force follows an estranged couple with a bounty on their heads who must go on the run with their son to avoid their former employer, a shadow ops unit that has been sent to kill them.
The thriller will be directed by Joe Carnahan (Copshop, The Grey) and executive produced by Kathy Atkinson, Danielle Reardon and Jennifer Wiley-Stockton. US actor Kerry Washington (Scandal) will co-star with Sy.
Announcing the news on his Instagram page, Sy said: “Kerry Washington and Joe Carnahan, thumbs up.”
The release date for Shadow Force has yet to be announced. Sy is best known as the star of hit Netflix series Lupin, which debuted last year and has been renewed for a third part. He has also partnered with the streaming giant to develop original feature films.
Nigerian-American actor Uzo Aduba, award-winning Nigerian-British actor Cynthia Erivo and Senegalese-French actor Omar Sy are among the nominees for the 79th Annual Golden Globe Awards next month.
Aduba is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Drama Series for her role as Dr Brooke Taylor in HBO drama series In Treatment.
Erivo has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role as singer Aretha Franklin in National Geographic series Genius, while Sy is up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Drama Series for his role in Netflix drama Lupin.
“Thank you all for this nomination which, whatever the outcome, is so symbolic for me for so many reasons,” said Sy on Instagram.
The 79th Golden Globe Awards will honour the best in film and American television from 2021 and are scheduled to take place on January 9, 2022.
Global streaming platform Netflix has partnered with Senegalese-French actor Omar Sy to develop original feature films.
In the multi-year deal, Sy’s Paris- and LA-based production company will handle the development of the films while Sy will act as executive producer.
He said: “I have experienced Netflix’s collaboration with artists and their passion to bring unique and diverse stories to homes all over the world. I am very happy to have the opportunity to extend the relationship and look forward to this next step of our journey together.”
Gaelle Mareschi, director of international original films for Netflix in France, added: “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.”
Sy has starred in a series of hit French films including 2011’s Intouchables, 2016’s Chocolat and Le Chant du Loup, which was released in 2019. He is set to partner with Lupin director Louis Leterrier on the upcoming action comedy film Tour de Force, launching on Netflix next year.
Netflix has ordered a sequel to French comedy film On the Other Side of the Tracks, with Senegalese-French actor Omar Sy reprising the role he played in the 2012 movie.
The as-yet-untitled sequel has already begun shooting in Paris, according to Variety. Best known for starring in Netflix series Lupin and hit movie The Intouchables, Sy will return alongside French actor Laurent Lafitte.
The film follows two cops with very different styles, backgrounds and careers. The unlikely pair are reunited once again for a new investigation that takes them all the way to the French Alps.
The film is scheduled to debut on Netflix in 2022. It will be directed by Louis Leterrier from a screenplay by Stéphane Kazandjian and Eric Altmayer Nicolas Altmayer.
Sy won the César Award for Best Actor in the 2011 comedy-drama The Intouchables; he also starred in Lupin, Chocolat and Jurassic World.