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Jesse Eisenberg to Play Marcel Marceau in ‘RESISTANCE’

May 19, 2017

Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg is set to play legendary mime Marcel Marceau in RESISTANCE, a film written and directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz that will focus on Marceau’s involvement in the French resistance during WWII. Said to be in the vein of Life is Beautiful, where comedy is used as a tool for children to survive the most dramatic situations imaginable.

Claudine Jakubowicz and Carlos Garcia de Paredes produce. Baptiste Marceau’s, the mime’s oldest son, has been working close with the project, and will serve as an executive produce.

Marceau learned to mime to survive and to save the lives of Jewish orphans whose parents had just been killed by the Nazis. Born Marcel Mangel, he grew up speaking Yiddish as the son of a Kosher butcher from Strabourg. His father was eventually killed in Auschwitz.

Most famous for his stage persona “Bip the Clown”, Marceau referred to mime as the “Art of Silence” and performed professionally worldwide for more than 60 years. He gave his first major performance to 3,000 American troops of General Patton’s army after the liberation of Paris in August 1944. For his work in the French resistance, he was made Grand Officer de la Legion d’Honneur and was awarded the National Order of Merit in France.

Eisenberg is not a stranger to Marceau’s story. His mother worked as a professional clown, and, like Marceau, he also comes from a family of Polish Jews.

Resistance will shoot in early 2018.

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