Not long ago, I spent an afternoon learning about the real life exploits of Eddie Egan, the NYC supercop-turned-actor whose record-setting 1961 heroin bust served as the basis for William Friedkin's The French Connection. Not long after that, I was excited to learn that Drafthouse Films had acquired the distribution rights to Cedric Jimenez's The Connection, which is being billed as "the European flipside" to Friedkin's classic crime thriller. Here's the plot synopsis:
A stylish, 70's-period crime thriller inspired by true events, The Connection tells the story of real-life Marseille magistrate Pierre Michel (Academy Award® Winner Jean Dujardin, The Artist, The Wolf Of Wall Street) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection. In his crosshairs is charismatic and wealthy kingpin, Gatean “Tany” Zampa (Gilles Lellouche, Point Blank, Mesrine: Killer Instinct), who runs the largest underground heroin trade into the States. Though the fearless and tenacious Michel, aided by a task force of elite cops, will stop at nothing––including boldly orchestrated drug raids, devastating arrests, and exacting interrogations––to ensure the crime ring's demise, Zampa's "La French" always seems one step ahead. As La French mounts its retaliation, Michel will be forced to make the most difficult decision of his life: to continue waging his war, or ensure his family's safety, before it's too late.
I'm into it! I'm also into the film's official one-sheet, which IMDB just debuted; that's it at the top of the page. Considering the subject matter, the talent involved, and Drafthouse Films' sterling track record (tangentially related pro-tip: you guys are going to shit when you see Roar), I'm pretty pumped for this one. And today Yahoo! Movies debuted the trailer, so check that out here.
Get excited. The Connection opens May 15th. Learn more about the film here.