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First cast names announced for new feature by Loft-director Van Looy


On March 21, shooting starts on The Prime Minister (working title), a new feature by Erik Van Looy, director of Loft. Koen De Bouw takes the main role as the Belgian Prime Minister who is forced against his will to carry out a possibly world-threatening assignment.

Erik Van Looy wrote the film with Carl Joos (The Broken Circle BreakdownThe TreatmentIn Flanders Fields), having previously collaborated on the script of The Alzheimer Case (The Memory of a Killer). Koen De Bouw will play the Belgian Prime Minister who is kidnapped and released on one condition: he has to kill the person he is supposed to meet later that day. But that person happens to be the President of the United States.

De Bouw has starred in a variety of films and TV series such as The Alzheimer CaseDossier KStorm ForceMadly in LoveGermaineMissing Persons UnitSalamanderThe VerdictCordon and The Team.

Other actors to appear in The Prime Minister are Tine Reymer (SalamanderLoft), Charlotte Vandermeersch (BelgicaDeadline 14/10Turquaze), Dirk Roofthooft (ClanThe Tour), Stijn Van Opstal (ImageThe Pearl Fishers) and Wim Willaert (The NativesOfflineCafard).

“My previous films The Alzheimer Case and Loft were exciting and emotional rollercoasters, but The Prime Minister takes it to the next level,” says Van Looy. “The man in this story encounters all kinds of obstacles and plot twists from beginning to end, while his own life and those of the people around him are at stake.”

The Prime Minister is produced by FBO in co-production with Woestijnvis and Millstreet Films, with a release scheduled for this autumn. The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund by Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.