French actress and director Valérie Lemercier (Avenue Montaigne) is set to star in ambitious European feature The Power Of Love (Famous), a fictionalized story inspired by the life of Céline Dion. According to producers, the big-budget (around €23M) French-language project has buy in from Canadian star Dion and will feature her songs.
The film will chart the protagonist’s life from the 1960’s to the present day and her relationship with her manager who becomes her husband. The last of 14 children, Canadian singer Dion became a global superstar in the 1990s, selling more than 200M records, including hit singles The Power Of Love, Think Twice and the iconic theme song to Titanic.
Two-time César winner Lemercier will star as the character based on Dion (but won’t sing the songs). She will also direct the project, which is based on her script. Shoot is due to get underway in France this spring. Sylvain Marcel (Mensonges) will play the manager and husband. Dion was married to her manager, the late René Angélil.
French producer Edouard Weil, whose credits include Gaspar Noé’s Climax and Love, and Bertrand Bonello’s Nocturama, will produce in association with Laurent Zeitoun (Intouchables) and Caramel Films (Ballerina).
French studio Gaumont is behind the film and will introduce it to buyers at this year’s EFM in Berlin. Gaumont will also distribute in France in 2020.