Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Just as the French film Intouchables is about to be released in the U.S. after a blockbuster global run, UTA has signed the film’s star, Omar Sy. The picture has had a long run as the top grossing film in France, Germany and Spain and has been the biggest grossing non-English language film since The Passion of the Christ, grossing $339 million worldwide. The film gets its U.S. bow through The Weinstein Company on Friday.

Sy won the 2012 Cesar Award for Best Actor in The Intouchables, his third collaboration with writer/directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. Sy is part of a writing and comedy performance team with Fred Testot, so he has the versatility to do drama and comedy as he broadens his scope to Hollywood. Sy, who continues to be repped by French agent Laurent Gregoire, is shooting the Michel Gondry-directed Mood Indigo opposite Audrey Tatou.