Letitia Wright is set to not only star in but executive produces the American remake of 2017 French comedy, Le Brio. Joining Wright as a producer will be singer-songwriter John Legend under his Get Lifted Film Company banner.
The original Le Brio film tells the story of the relationship between a young French-Arab woman from an underprivileged neighborhood and a brilliant but prejudiced professor, who is forced to coach her for an annual speech contest. In the remake, it will explore the complex relationship between a student and a professor who come from different ethnic and social backgrounds. However, according to Variety, the film remake will not center on the speech competition.
The film is expected to go into production next year, with Letitia Wright starring as the female lead. A director has not yet been attached.
“With Get Lifted Film Company’s great creative input, the remake will have more of a political bend than the French film to reflect the current tense climate and race relations in the U.S.,” said French producer Dimitri Rassam. “Ultimately, the film will show how sharing knowledge can help build bridges between people from different generations and backgrounds, as well as help people overcome their own prejudices and anger.”
Rassam will also be co-producing the film via his Paris-based banner Chapter 2.