this iconic actor will play the famous singer in the cinema

The famous singer Johnny Hallyday will soon have his biopic in the cinema. The widow of the rock star, Laeticia Hallyday validated the project and even chose the actor who will play her husband. We’ll explain it to you.

A monster career

Johnny Hallydaymonument of French music, passed away in 2017 at the age of 74. Famous for his temperament, his very rocker pace of life, and countless hits like That I love you (1969), Marie (2002) or even My mouth (1979), he left behind a impressive legacy and a near-perfect career.

Johnny Hallyday also had a small film career. He appeared in around twenty films including Paparazzi (1997), Wanted (2003), Bastard, we love you (2013) alongside his friend Eddy Mitchell but also in the famous Jean Philippe (2005) which was even remade by Danny Boyle.

If there have been documentaries on his career and his life, there are however never had a biopic on Johnny Hallyday. Recently, Laeticia HallydayJohnny’s widow, agreed to produce a biopic about her late husband.

A biopic on Johnny Hallyday

The project is expected to enter pre-production next year. The film will be directed by the French filmmaker Cedric Jimenezto whom we owe some big successes in French cinema in recent years such as La French (2014), November (2022) and especially the controversial North Bac (2020). For the moment, the project is still in its infancy, but Laeticia Hallyday has already chosen an actor to play her husband.

In fact, she wants the bankable Raphaël Quenard plays the lead role in this biopic. For several years Raphaël Quenard has been exploding French cinema. After small roles at Quentin Dupieux In Mandibles (2021) et Smoking makes you cough (2022) and a supporting role in The Olympics (2021) by Jacques Audiard, Raphaël Quenard has since been at the top of the posters. Over the last two years we have encountered him in Sentinel, On the branch, Cash, I’ll always see your faces or even the recent ones Yannick et The Second Act by Quentin Dupieux (again). He even won a Oscar for Best Young Actor for Dog of the breakage in 2024.

Dog of the breakage

The cinema therefore seems to be opening its doors wide for him for a career which already promises to be prestigious. Raphaël Quenard will therefore be the face of Johnny Hallyday in the official biopic of the singer validated by his wife. She justified her choice at the microphone of Paris Match this Monday June 24:

I was amazed by his acting, his looks, his way of occupying space, of speaking, his spontaneity, his almost animal charisma… I said to myself that if any actor could play Johnny in the cinema, it was him .

A choice shared by Cedric Jimenezvery happy with this decision:

The image of Raphaël playing Johnny seemed obvious to me. Telling rock through Johnny is an extraordinary, exceptional project, that of a lifetime. It’s a dream and an enormous responsibility to bring to the screen a character who ignited the crowds and mattered in the lives of four generations to the point of changing it for some.

Even Raphaël Quenard shared his little confidence, with, as usual, his words to him. He is also very excited about the project:

To bring this being of light to life, at the height of the notion of sharing and communion, it will take a lot of work.

Filming should begin in 2026 for release in 2027. The opportunity to celebrate the ten years since Johnny’s death through a tribute work, which, we hope, will live up to its legend.

But before Cédric Jimenez’s film, another biopic of Johnny is also planned. A project carried out by Jalil Lespert and led by the Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts. Laeticia Hallyday does not consider this biopic as a family project but does not intend to oppose it:

It is normal that a destiny gives rise to vocations. I could ban certain things, but I don’t intend to.

Good player Laeticia Hallyday.

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