The project has been in the works since 2020, in collaboration with Nicolas Aznavour, Charles Aznavour’s son. Filming is set to launch in the summer of 2023 for an estimated release in 2024 to mark Aznavour’s centenary.
The film will chart Charles Aznavour’s rise to stardom in the 1950s and his friendships with many artists, including Edith Piaf, who took him with her on a tour of France and the United States. It will be directed by singer-filmmaker Mehdi Idir, and French slam poet and lyricist, Fabien Marsaud, professionally known as Grand Corps Malade, and will be produced by Kallouche Cinema and Mandarin & Compagnie.
Tahar Rahim, who is set to play Charles Aznavour in the film, is an Algerian-descent French actor who starred as Nazaret Manoogian in Fatih Akın’s “The Cut”. A film written by Mardik Martin about the life and experience of a young Armenian in the light of the Armenian Genocide and its repercussions in different parts of the world. The actor is a two-time César Award winner and has earned BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations throughout his career.
Producer Jean-Rachid Kallouche, who is married to Katia Aznavour, the daughter of Charles Aznavour, says the late singer gave him his blessing to produce his biopic before his passing in 2018, and that it was his idea to have the film focus on the first phase of his life — “from zero to fame”.