“Princess Fu-Yi, only daughter of the Empress of China, flees to Gaul to ask for help from the two brave warriors Asterix and Obelix…”
Fifth live-action film from René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Empire will be the first not to be adapted from an album. Philippe Mechelen and Julien Hervé (the authors of Tuche) wrote the original story, which is revealed in broad strokes, through the official synopsis, posted by Pathé on his website:
“We are in 50 BC The Empress of China is imprisoned following a coup fomented by Deng Tsin Quin, a traitor prince.
Helped by Graindemaïs, the Phoenician merchant, and by his faithful warrior Tat Han, Princess Fu-Yi, the Empress’s only daughter, fled to Gaul to ask for help from the two valiant warriors Asterix and Obelix, endowed with superhuman strength thanks to their magic potion.
Our two inseparable Gauls of course agree to help the Princess to save her mother and liberate her country. And here they are all on their way for a great adventure to China.
But Caesar and his powerful army, always thirsty for conquest, have also taken over the leadership of the Middle Empire…”
Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Empiredirected by Guillaume Canet, will be released on February 1, 2023 in cinemas.
In the casting, we will see Guillaume Canet (Asterix), Gilles Lellouche (Obelix), Vincent Cassel (César), Jonathan Cohen (Graindemaïs), Marion Cotillard (Cléopâtre), Ramzy Bedia (Epidemaïs), Leanna Chea (Tat Han), Julie Chen (Princess Fu Yi), Linh-Dan Pham (The Empress), José Garcia (Biopix), Bun Hay Mean (Deng Tsin Qin), Manu Payet (Ri Qi Qi), Tran Vu Tran (Prince Du Deng), Pierre Richard (Panoramix), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Antivirus), Philippe Katerine (Assurancetourix Le Barde), Jérôme Commandeur (Abraracourcix Le Chef), Audrey Lamy (Bonemine), Vincent Desagnat (Perfidus), Franck Gastambide (Red Beard), Issa Doumbia (Baba) , Laura Felpin (Carioca), Angèle (Falbala), Bigflo (Abdelmalix), Oli (Toufix), Orelsan (Titanix), Mcfly (Radius), Carlito (Cubitus), Thomas VDB (Sinus), Marc Fraize (Plexus), Yann Papin (Bus shelter), Chicandier (Ordralfabetix) and Matthieu Chedid (Remix).