New father Benicio Del Toro is set to be playing the lead in director Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy Picard, according to Deadline.
Jimmy Picard is based on ethologist/psychologist Georges Devereux’s project titled Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian, and follows the friendship between Devereux (Mathieu Amalric) and Picard as the French psychoanalyst attempts to help Picard work through physical and psychological turmoil.
Picard, a member of the Plains Indian Blackfoot nation, has returned from World War II and struggles with feelings of rootlessness, alcoholism, and severe neuroses. He meets Devereux at Winter Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. The 80 meetings the two men have lead to a friendship.
The film is being produced by Desplechin’s long-time partner Pascal Caucheteux and Jeniifer Roth of Black Swan.
Before Jimmy Picard however, Del Toro can been seen in Oliver Stone’s <em<Savages</em> alongside Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, John Travolta, and Salma Hayek.