Juventus: Paul Pogba set for movie debut

Apart from a few social media posts in recent weeks, Paul Pogba had been off the radar since February 29th. On that day, the Italian anti-doping tribunal confirmed Pogba’s suspension for four years after testing positive for testosterone last August. The 2018 World Cup champion was found at Parc du Parc in Rueil-Malmaison (Hauts-de-Seine) this Thursday afternoon, where he reportedly filmed two scenes for the movie “4 Zeros.”

Scheduled for release on April 9, 2025, this film is the sequel to “3 Zeros,” which attracted 1.2 million viewers in 2002. Juventus Turin’s midfielder plays a coach in charge of young footballers. He is approached by Gérard Lanvin, also known as Alain Colonna, a cunning player agent who has come out of retirement in Tahiti in search of raw talent. According to unanimous opinion, the French international (91 caps) appeared relaxed, smiling, approachable, and very comfortable in front of the camera. An observer mentioned that he impressed everyone with his natural demeanor and simplicity. Pogba seemed to enjoy the experience and expressed readiness to explore similar opportunities further.

“Pioche” then took selfies with delighted children and teenagers, thrilled to be so close to the midfielder. Actors Gérard Lanvin and Didier Bourdon also had their photo taken with him.

For reference, Pogba, aged 31, played two short stints with Juve in September 2023 after a nearly blank 2022-23 season (only 10 games and 161 minutes on the field) due to injuries and a tumultuous extortion case within his family. He was provisionally suspended by his club following the positive test and had not played a minute since September 3. He remains determined, according to his close circle, and hopes to reduce his suspension through an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Rolland Courbis and Guy Roux Join the Cast

The thirteenth film by Fabien Onteniente (following “Camping,” “Disco,” “Turf,” etc.), “4 Zeros,” tells the story of Kidane, a young Comorian who left his family to cross the Mediterranean. Spotted during the “Lucarne d’Évry” challenge by Manu, a struggling restaurateur’s son hoping to discover the new Mbappé, Kidane quickly attracts the attention of other recruiters.

“It’s the success story of a kid dreaming of becoming a PSG star,” summed up the filmmaker, who co-wrote the script with Antoine Fourlon, the co-writer of “Chasse gardée.”

The cast also includes Isabelle Nanty, honorary president of Haricots d’Arpajon, as well as Shy’m, Kaaris, and Jean-Claude Darmon. Numerous guests are expected, including former coaches Rolland Courbis and Guy Roux. Filming is set to conclude on May 14 in Corsica. The lead role, that of Kidane, is played by Mamadou Haïdara, 19, portraying the young version of the character played by Omar Sy in “Lupin” on Netflix.

A PSG subscriber since 1974, Onteniente, who grew up in Paris, is an ardent fan of the capital club. He played football extensively in his youth. He was present in Dortmund on March 1st. He will likely be in the stands on Tuesday, May 7th, at Parc des Princes, where he already filmed several scenes during the Ligue 1 match between PSG and Rennes on February 25th, for the Champions League semi-final return leg.

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