Work has begun on a new film about the political career of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the newspaper Le Parisien reported Friday.
The Conquest, starring Denis Podalydes in the role of the head of state, tracks Sarkozy's career from interior minister to his election as president in 2007. The movie is expected to be shown in cinemas at the end of next year, a few months before the next presidential election in the early part of 2012.
The first scenes have already been shot in the town of Saint-Denis, north of Paris. Podalydes, 47, openly backed Sarkozy's political opponent Segolene Royal in the 2007 election.