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Reno for French Sweeney remake

Jean Reno is to star in a French remake of The Sweeney.

The French actor will play a tough, old-time cop in The Squad, the role played by Ray Winstone in the 2012 film, reported Screen Daily.

The Sweeney was set in London and starred Ray as Detective Inspector Jack Regan.

The reboot - to be directed by Benjamin Rocher - will be set in Paris and will see Leon star Jean as an officer called Buren, who is on the trail of a tough crime gang.

The Squad is being made by France's SND and Capture [The Flag] Films and the UK's Vertigo Films.

Vertigo Films co-founder James Richardson said: "We are tremendously excited to be turning The Sweeney into this brilliant French version with the privilege of being able to work with one of our favourite actors, Jean Reno."

Shooting is due to start in October and the film is expected to be released in 2015.

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