Charlie Chaplin’s grandson to headline new World War II movie

Swiss actor James Thiérée (Vatel), grandson of the legendary Charlie Chaplin (The Great Dictator), has been chosen for the lead role in Liberté, the new movie from acclaimed French director Tony Gatlif (The Crazy Stranger).

Set in 1943, Liberté will tell the story of Taloche, a whimsical gypsy, and his family in Nazi occupied France. Gatlif has expressed a desire to show another side of the war, far from the fear, hate and gas chambers. Marc Lavoine (The Good Thief) and Marie-Josée Croze (The Diving Bell And The Butterfly) will co-star in the film, which starts shooting on September 22nd in South-Eastern France.