Bob Geldof to Return to the Big Screen in a Role Inspired by a French Philosopher

     March 15, 2011

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The former Boomtown Rats rocker Bob Geldof, who gave a riveting performance as Pink in Alan Parker’s live-action and animated musical Pink Floyd – The Wall in 1982, is set to return to the big screen. He’s poised to take on a role inspired by outspoken philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Lévy in the French film Mauvaise Fille (Bad Girl).

French actor Patrick Mille will make his directorial debut with the film, which is an adaptation of his girlfriend Justine Lévy’s best-selling autobiographical novel of the same name. Justine, whose previous two books have received rave literary reviews in the US, also happens to be Bernard-Henri’s daughter. Hit the jump to find out more about Geldof’s role.

bob-geldof-imageBest known for his humanitarian work since bringing global attention to the Ethiopian famine in 1984, which subsequently led to Band Aid, USA For Africa and Live Aid, Bob Geldof will return to his rocker roots in Mauvaise Fille, reports Le Parisien. He will play the lead role, George, a rock star separated from his wife, Alice. Both characters were inspired by the author’s parents, BHL, as he is known in France, and Isabelle Doutreluigne.

Carole Bouquet, the Bond girl in For Your Eyes Only, is rumored to be attached to the film as well as Arthur Dupont, Jacques Weber and Johanna Price. Izia, whose father is a legendary French singer Jacques Higelin, will star in her debut role as none other than Justine Lévy – the “bad girl,” I presume.

Shooting will begin on April 4 in Paris, before moving on to other regions in France.

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