mk2 films with The Exchange, announced today that Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) is joining award-winning actress Daisy Ridley (Star Wars franchise, Murder on the Orient Express) and Golden Globe-nominated actor Stephen Fry (Gosford Park) to the upcoming stop-motion animated family (G-rated) feature about the eventful life of Renaissance master Leonardo Da Vinci: THE INVENTOR.

Currently starring in FX’s fan-favorite and 10 times Emmy-nominated TV series What We Do In The Shadows, comedian and BAFTA winning actor Matt Berry will also be joining the cast.

Negotiations are underway for the remaining cast and will be announced shortly.

THE INVENTOR is the story of Leonardo da Vinci (Fry), whose free-thinking clashed with Pope Leo X (Berry), who sent the inventor far from Rome to the more enlightened but reluctant French court of Francis I, his sister Marguerite (Ridley) and his mother Louise de Savoy (Cotillard).

THE INVENTOR is written and directed by Jim Capobianco, produced by Robert Rippberger and Jim Capobianco, with Don Hahn as executive producer.

Currently in pre-production with delivery scheduled in Spring 2023, THE INVENTOR is a European and American coproduction from Foliascope (France), Melusine Productions (Luxembourg), Curiosity Studio (Ireland), and Leo & King (USA).

North American sales are handled by The Exchange, international by mk2 films.

“Marion’s exceptional talent, as queen Louise of Savoy, a very French and complex character, a ruler over her family but not the kingdom, paired with Matt’s amazing voice and flamboyant personality will entertain children and adults alike,” says director Jim Capobianco. “Matt has such a great voice and is such a wonderful comedian, I’m confident he will bring his deep baritone voice and flamboyant personality to our beloved over-dramatic, over-sized Pope”, adds the director.

“We’ve gathered such a varied and talented cast, we cannot wait to see them give life to Leonardo’s journey”, says producer Robert Rippberger.

Cotillard is represented by CAA and Agence Adequat; Berry by MGMT Entertainment, CAA and Troika.

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