EuropaCorp and Relativity Media have announced final casting for all of the principal roles in their comedic action film Malavita, directed by Luc Besson. Robert De Niro will be joined by Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron and John DLeo in the film set to go into production this summer.
Malavita is the story of the Manzonis, a notorious mafia family who gets relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program. While they do their best to fit in, old habits die hard and they soon find themselves handling things the “family” way.
The script is adapted by Besson from the book “Badfellas” by author Tonino Benacquista. Pre-production will begin in July with filming set for August at La Cité du Cinéma, where the brand new Studios de Paris are located. Additional shooting will take place in Normandy, France and New York. The film will bow in 2013 with Relativity handling US distribution as well as working with its foreign output partners on the films release in the UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Spain, Greece, Thailand and CIS. uropaCorp will take on distribution in France and handle international sales.