While it evokes apprehension that a remake is even necessary, The Weinstein Company are pushing ahead on an Americanised version of French hit The Intouchables (2011). Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Kevin Hart (Ride Along) have taken the lead roles, and now news arrives via Deadline that Amara Karan (The Night Of) is making a deal to join them, with Nicole Kidman (Stoker) also in early talks for a part.
Neil Burger (The Illusionist) is set to direct the film, which has its roots in the true story of an aristocrat who is paralysed in a hang gliding accident. He hires an unexpected helper in the shape of Driss, a young man from the projects. Omar Sy played Driss in the original, a performance that helped bring him to Hollywood's attention.
Jon Hartmere (The Electric Company) has apparently come up with a fresh spin on the story, with Cranston as the rich guy and Hart the aide. Karan is on board to play Maggie, Cranston's assistant, while Kidman would be Yvonne, another aide.
Kidman can currently be seen on our screens in Garth Davis' feature debut Lion and will also be seen in this year's new HBO miniseries, Big Little Lies, which will be seen here on Sky Atlantic. The Intouchables should represent Karan's next project.