Three years after “Nicky Larson and the perfume of Cupid”, Philippe Lacheau will be back with a new genre challenge: “Superhero in spite of himself”. The director unveiled a first poster and the release date.
Philippe Lacheau and his gang: a successful team
Today, Philippe Lacheau has become an essential director of French comedy, and has started from afar. Indeed, 20 years earlier, he decided to start on radio, then on television. with his band of friends called “The band at Fifi”. This comic troupe made up of himself, Tarek Boudali, Reem Kherici and Julien Arruti in particular, enjoyed great success during the 2000s on Canal +. Thus, they regularly appear in the Grand Journal to play sketches, each more delusional than the next.
From the 2010s, Philippe Lacheau (who had already played a few small roles in the cinema) embarked on directing, accompanied by his loyal team who co-wrote and / or played a role in front of the camera. This new challenge is a success with Babysitting, Babysitting 2 and Alibi.com. However, the most important challenge of his career arrives in 2019 with Nicky Larson: The Scent of Cupid, adaptation of the cult manga City hunter. The film is hailed by critics and fans of the work – a rare thing among manga readers who often denigrate film adaptations.
Now a director much appreciated by the public because he offers new things in the codified sector of French popular comedy, Philippe Lacheau is now tackling a big piece with Superhero in spite of himself, one of the rare superhero films made in France.
A first poster on the ground
The director was therefore preparing a major project with Superhero in spite of himself. Always on the tone of comedy, Philippe Lacheau should play with the codes of American superhero films which abound in recent years in the cinema. Likewise, many pop-cultural references will surely be there, as the director has done for all his previous films. A good proof that the superhero film continues to contaminate French production, as seen with Black Snake, the legend of the black snake or How I became a superhero, released this year on Netflix.
While waiting for the trailer, a first poster has therefore been unveiled by the director on social networks. We discover Lacheau (who will also play the first role in the film), lying on the ground, as if he had fallen from several meters. In the caption of the photo, the filmmaker even gave the official release date of the feature film. Good news when we know that the film has long been postponed, following the health crisis.
As for the synopsis, Superhero in spite of himself will follow Cédric, a struggling actor apprentice who finally lands the first major role of his life in a superhero film. However, he suffered a serious traffic accident after borrowing a car from the film. He then loses his memory and wakes up, dressed in his vigilante costume in the feature film he is shooting. Cedric is then convinced to have become the superhero he plays.
Superhero in spite of himself is scheduled in French theaters on February 9, 2022.