In 2019, Luc Besson delivers his 18th feature film entitled “Anna”. The film further precipitated the loss of his EuropaCorp empire. And this, in particular following the accusations of an actress of the film who would have been cut during the editing.
Anna: when Nikita met Leon
After the critical and commercial failure of the ambitious Valerian and the City of 1000 Planets, Luc Besson decides to return to his fundamentals with Anna. Thus, he lowers his crazy budget demands of yesteryear (the film costs “only” 30 million euros) and delivers a feature film that recalls his early productions, such as Nikita or even Leon. Finally, the musical composition of the film is by Éric Serra, famous collaborator of Besson in films like The big Blue and The fifth Element.
Anna follows a 24-year-old woman of the same name, who is a gifted professional killer working for the KGB. Desiring to regain his freedom, it will put all the means at its disposal to achieve this.
In the casting, the model Sasha Luss who camps Anna is surrounded by experienced actors like Cillian Murphy, Luke Evans or even Helen Mirren.
A sordid affair behind the scenes
Originally, Belgian-Dutch actress Sand Van Roy was hired to star in Anna. The latter had already collaborated with Luc Besson on the set of Valerian and the City of 1000 Planets. Unfortunately, for his second collaboration, she finds herself cut during editing in post-production. So far, nothing unusual for a film production.
However, according to Sand Van Roy, the timing of this cut intervened in a curious way, when she filed a complaint against Besson in May 2018 for rape. Indeed, she declares it in the show Further Investigation :
That he cuts me off during the editing is predictable. When I file a complaint against him, you should not expect him not to do so.
The actress does not stop there, since she confides that since this case, she literally finds herself blacklisted from most of the castings she attends. As if, according to her, Luc Besson had done everything to make her disappear from the big screen following this complaint.
Denying the assaults of which he was accused, the French director won his case in court since the case ended in a dismissal.