Known for his starring role in Netflix’s Lupin where he plays an infamous Parisian thief, Omar Sy is headed to Senegal for his next challenging role. In ‘Father and Soldier,’ he tells the story of Africans’ forced conscription to fight for France in WWI. Sy will play Bakary, a Senegalese man whose 17-year-old son Thierno is forced to fight for France in the war. Bakary enlists in the trenches to protect his son. The movie is already shooting in France, per Variety, with Senegal next on the itinerary. With a $14 million budget, Sy and his collaborators could generate more popular attention to mistreated, forgotten African heroes of European wars.
SOURCE: QUARTZ AFRICA