Up to three different actors may need to be hired to play Guy Lafleur in the film about his life that could hit our screens by Christmas 2024.
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According to producer Christian Larouche, it will take one young actor to play Lafleur at pee age and another to play his junior internship with the Quebec Remparts.
The challenge is knowing if this second actor will also be able to play the blonde demon of the Canadian glory years.
“Will we be able to age our actor from 18 to 19 to bring him to 34 to 35? I am not sure. It will depend on who we find. Maybe we need three actors instead of two,” reflects Mr. Larouche.
The latter does not rule out wild casting, which means that the actor or actors selected may be completely unknown to the general public.
A physical resemblance is also essential for those who are cast as understudy to film the action scenes on ice, as Guy Lafleur was not wearing a hard hat.
The film’s consultant, animator Michel Beaudry, sees another challenge: “Even if we find a good actor who can play hockey, he still has to be right-handed,” he points out.
That’s not all. In addition to finding Guy Lafleur, the production must identify those who will become Scotty Bowman, Ken Dryden, Serge Savard, Steve Shutt, Michel Bergeron and all the other big names in hockey who rubbed shoulders with the famous number 10.
An awaited movie
Christian Larouche acknowledges that the pressure has increased since the death of the Quebec idol and that his film, whose screenplay will be signed by Luc Picard, is eagerly awaited.
“We’re tackling something big, even more so after his death, and [en raison de] the love his fans have given him. I have eight million viewers here, in addition to those in English Canada and around the world who will be watching us closely. We’ll make it, but it gets complicated. »
The artisans meet Guy Lafleur’s relatives. Luc Picard faced Yvan Cournoyer last week. Steve Shutt, his sons and his wife will also confide in the screenwriter.
The task is huge, but the producer believes he can shoot the film in 2024, aiming for a theatrical release around Christmas 2024.
“But we still have a long way to go before we get there. »