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The Takedown: release date, cast, plot, trailer and everything we know

Omar Sy and Laurent Lafitte in The Takedown
The Takedown sees two French cops team up to take on a dangerous mission. (Image credit: emmanuel guimier)

The Takedown is a French comedy action movie, fronted by Lupin star Omar Sy and Laurent Lafitte (Dear Mother) who both play two mismatched cops that reunite to take on a high scale criminal case that embroils them in danger and unanticipated comedy.

The upcoming Netflix movie is a sequel to the 2012 French film On the Other Side of the Tracks and sees the two main actors reprise their roles as police officers Ousmane Diakhité and François Monge.

On the Other Side of the Tracks saw the pair team up to investigate the murder of a business tycoon’s wife and this time, the unlikely duo will be taking on another extensive crime that has stemmed from a drug deal.

Emmy Award-winning director Louis Leterrier, who is responsible for Now You See Me, Lupin, The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans has also directed this comical project.

Omar is also set to make another major film appearance in the highly anticipated Jurassic World: Dominion, where he will be reprising his role as dinosaur trainer Barry Sembène.

Here’s everything we know about The Takedown…

The Takedown release date

The Takedown is due to be released globally on Netflix on Friday, May 6, 2022.

Who will be in the cast of The Takedown?

Omar Sy and Laurent Lafitte are once again adopting their original roles of cops Ousmane Diakhité and François Monge.

Joining them in The Takedown are: Izïa Higelin (Summertime) as Alice, Dimitri Storoge (Made in France) as Brunner, Jean-Louis Tilburg (Some Like It Veiled) as Contrôleur, Léopold Bara (The Wolf's Call) as Policier BRI, Luka Quinn (La Mante) as Fils Brunner and Caroline Mathieu (The Page Turner) as Caroline.

The Takedown cast: Omar Sy, Laurent Lafitte and Izïa Higelin

The Takedown cast: Laurent Lafitte, Omar Sy and Izïa Higelin. (Image credit: emmanuel guimier)

What is the plot of The Takedown?

The official Netflix synopsis reads: "Ousmane Diakité (Omar Sy) and François Monge (Laurent Lafitte) are two cops with very different styles, backgrounds and careers. The unlikely pair are reunited once again for a new investigation that takes them across France. What seemed to be a simple drug deal turns out to be a high scale criminal case wrapped in danger and unexpected comedy.”

Is there a trailer?

Yes! You can watch the action-packed trailer below where the cops make their first encounter with a dangerous gang and an intense car chase ensues which sees one of the vehicles flip over the edge of a mountain. It's clear from the trailer that their comical antics brings humor to the otherwise dangerous tasks!

Grace Morris
Grace Morris

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch shows and the latest TV news. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.


You'll usually find her watching the drama unfold in the latest reality series and much-loved soaps (usually with chocolate by her side!). Grace also likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series.