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Cassel set to lead Partisan film

Vincent Cassel is set to star in drama Partisan, according to reports.

The French star - who recently split from his wife Monica Bellucci after 14 years of marriage - has replaced Oscar Isaac, who was previously attached to the lead role, in Ariel Kleiman's debut film, reported Screen Daily.

The 46-year-old is to play a "charismatic and troubled" man named Gregori, who has raised a communal family to attack the world that wronged him.

The story, which was written by Ariel and Sarah Cyngler, will be told through the eyes of 11-year-old Alexander, who starts to question Gregori's deadly teachings.

Shooting on Partisan is scheduled to begin in Australia in October.

Vincent, who won the best actor Cesar award for his performance in Mesrine, will next star in a French-language fairytale re-imagining of The Beauty And The Beast alongside Lea Seydoux.

This week the actor confirmed the split with Monica through his spokeswoman in a statement released to the Agence France-Presse. It said: "Vincent Cassel confirms that he is separating from his wife Monica Bellucci by mutual agreement."

The pair, who met on set of French-language film L'appartement in 1996 and married in 1999, have two daughters together - eight-year-old Deva and three-year-old Leonie.

Italian actress Monica told Grazia magazine in April that marriage is unpredictable.

"We never know how long it will last. Today, it works, but in a year... I don't know," she said.

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