The Long-Awaited Return of the Beloved Gauls
After almost a decade since their last film release, Asterix and Obelix are back with a new adventure set in ancient China. The Middle Kingdom promises to be a thrilling addition to the franchise, bringing the same humor, action, and wit that have made these characters so beloved.
In The Middle Kingdom, our heroes are sent on a mission to deliver a mysterious package to the Emperor of China. Along the way, they encounter various obstacles and enemies, including a group of Roman soldiers who have infiltrated the Great Wall. As always, Asterix and Obelix must rely on their strength, cunning, and the help of their friends to overcome these challenges and complete their task.
The Middle Kingdom features a star-studded cast, with familiar faces and new additions to the franchise. French actors Guillaume Canet and Gilles Lellouche reprise their roles as Asterix and Obelix, respectively, while Chinese actress Liu Yifei joins the cast as the Emperor’s daughter. Other notable actors include Vincent Cassel as Julius Caesar and Baoqiang Wang as a Chinese warrior.
The Middle Kingdom is directed by Guillaume Canet, who also starred in the previous Asterix film, Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia. The screenplay is written by Philippe Mechelen and Julien Hervé, who have worked on several successful French comedies. The film is produced by Trésor Films and Pathé, with a budget of over €60 million.
The Middle Kingdom is set to be released in France on December 20, 2023, and will be distributed by Pathé. It is expected to have a wide international release, including in China, where the film is set. Fans of the franchise are eagerly anticipating the return of Asterix and Obelix, and the film is sure to be a box office success.
The Legacy of Asterix and Obelix
Asterix and Obelix have been cultural icons in France and beyond for over 60 years. Created by writer René Goscinny and artist Albert Uderzo in 1959, the comics have sold over 380 million copies worldwide and have been translated into over 100 languages. The characters have also been adapted into numerous films, TV shows, and video games.
The enduring popularity of Asterix and Obelix can be attributed to their timeless humor, relatable characters, and clever satire. The comics and adaptations often poke fun at historical events and figures, as well as contemporary issues. The stories are also full of action and adventure, making them appealing to audiences of all ages.
Asterix and Obelix have had a significant impact on popular culture, inspiring countless parodies, references, and homages. The characters and their catchphrases have become part of the cultural lexicon in France and beyond. The franchise has also influenced other works of fiction, such as the popular manga series One Piece, which features similar themes of adventure and friendship.
The Future of Asterix and Obelix
With the release of The Middle Kingdom, it is clear that Asterix and Obelix are still going strong. The franchise shows no signs of slowing down, with new comics and adaptations in the works. Fans can look forward to more adventures with their favorite Gauls, and newcomers can discover the joy and humor of this beloved franchise.
The Legacy Continues
Asterix and Obelix have become part of the cultural fabric of France and beyond, and their legacy will continue for generations to come. The Middle Kingdom is just the latest chapter in their long and storied history, and it is sure to be a worthy addition to the franchise. Whether you are a longtime fan or a newcomer, this film is not to be missed.