Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud may have been struggling in front of the goal this season, but this isn’t stopping him from landing a voice-over role in a superhero film. You hear it right. In the upcoming French-speaking version of Marvel’s Spider-Man: New Generation, the striker will lend his voice to Green Goblin.
Along with the towering striker, Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe will exemplify the voice of Scorpion; another villain in the film.
Releasing worldwide on December 12, both players took to social media for the announcement. Just in, while the English version of the film is called “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”, the French version will hit the theatres as “Spider-Man: New Generation”.
Meanwhile, as far as their international duty with France with concerned, it is hard to see Didier Deschamps going soft on the duo with a game against the Netherlands in Nations League right around the corner. And having scored just one goal in the season for Chelsea thus far, it is safe to say Deschamps do have a thing or two to worry about.
— Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) November 13, 2018
Slotted in Group A, France lead the table with seven points after three games and anything but a draw against the Dutch would guarantee them a place in final four.
The last time these two sides met, France came out on top with a 2-1 win and it was Giroud who had scored the winner. France, however, will find it hard to emulate the result as they will be without two of their in-form players in Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba.
Furthermore, to say Giroud and Kimpembe are following the route set by the former players would be an utter understatement. Yes, they aren’t only French footballers to land a movie role as the likes of Eric Cantona, Zinedine Zidane, Frank Leboeuf and Antoine Griezmann have already made their cameos on the silver screen.
Back in 2009, former Manchester United star Eric Cantona starred in the film ‘Looking for Eric.’ And that isn’t his only project. Zidane, on the other hand, made his cameo in a fantasy/adventure film, Asterix at the Olympic Games. The film also featured other sports fraternities such as Michael Schumacher, Tony Parker and Amelie Mauresmo.
Antoine Griezmann, on his part, was credited for giving his voice to Super-Man in the French-speaking version of Lego Batman Movie. And arguably the biggest of all, the 1998 FIFA World Cup winner Frank Leboeuf made an appearance in the film Allies and also played a role of a professor in Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything.