Focus Features Acquires Rights to Film Starring Adele Exarchopoulos

AdeleExarchopoulosFocus Features has acquired the North American distribution rights for “Bastille Day,” a thriller that will star Greek-French actress Adele Exarchopoulos.

Set in Paris, the film centers on a rogue CIA agent that must team up with an unsuspecting American con-artist living abroad to thwart a terrorist attack on French soil.

Heading into production this summer, “Bastille Day” also stars Idris Elba and will be directed by James Watkins with a script from Andrew Baldwin. It is being produced by Philippe Rousselet of Vendome Pictures, along with Steve Golin, David Kanter, and Bard Dorros for Anonymous Content.

“We are all excited to be working with James, these accomplished producers, and the incomparable Idris Elba on what will surely be a thrill ride set in Paris, one of the greatest cities in the world,” said Peter Schlessel, CEO of Focus Features.

Exarchopoulos, who broke out on the Hollywood scene with her role in the French indie flick “Blue is the Warmest Color,” has been on fire ever since. In addition to “Bastille Day,” she is also slated to star in the Sean Penn-directed drama “The Last Face,” alongside Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem.