Yes, I’ve got the inside scoop on the next project from Butterworth, author of the mega-hits Jerusalem and The Ferryman!
Lutèce, or Paris Lost, starring Mark Rylance and Laura Donnelly
Jean Lecoq, once a Tour de France winner, now resides in a micro-bidonville in the Bois de Boulogne with a motley crew of foul-mouthed orphans (“Fuck me bleu!”) and a Holy Fool.
He spends his days ingesting drugs with local beauty Melusine and debating whether the composer of the 1960s yé-yé hit “Zou Bisou Bisou” is more deserving of defenestration or keel-hauling—but this idyllic existence soon begins to crumble.
Lecoq’s moneymaking scheme of producing hallucinogenic foie gras goes awry when the goose “does one,” and friends no longer believe his tale of jumping a 1979 Peugeot “Super Sport” over a 45-meter shark tank.
Meanwhile, vicious rivalries in the world of cyclisme resurface, as does Melusine’s husband, drowned years ago by his outraged vélo teammates for switching to pétanque.
As the civic authorities close in to tear down the bidonville, the Holy Fool has an apocalyptic vision of Caesar battling Astérix, and Lecoq prepares to make his last, desperate stand…