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Know the Cast: ‘The Stronghold’

The Stronghold Cast - Every Main Performer and Character in the 2020 Movie

The Stronghold cast includes Gilles Lellouche, François Civil and Adèle Exarchopoulos. This info article contains spoilers for the 2020 movie (now streaming on Netflix). Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Directed by Cédric Jimenez, The Stronghold (BAC Nord) focuses on a Marseilles task force that operates in one of France’s most dangerous areas. When undercover cop Antoine receives valuable information from a female informant, he provides her with confiscated marijuana in order to keep up their scheme. All hell breaks loose when a dealer blows Antoine’s cover, and also when the BAC leader plays dumb after greenlighting a covert operation. Here’s every main performer and character in The Stronghold.

The Stronghold Cast: Gilles Lellouche as Greg Cerva

The Stronghold Cast - Gilles Lellouche as Greg Cerva

Character Profile: A Marseille cop who investigates the north side of the city. His superior allows him to confiscate marijuana and use it for an informant operation. Greg faces jail time when bureaucracy triumphs over the truth.

Lellouche’s Resume: Director of Narco (2004) and Sink or Swim (2018) — Also, Sergei Nimov Nimovitch in Love Me If You Dare (2003), Bruno in Tell No One (2006), Gilles in Rock’n Roll (2017)

The Stronghold Cast: Karim Leklou as Yass

The Stronghold Cast - Karim Leklou as Yass

Character Profile: A member of Greg’s BAC unit. He’s concerned about Greg and Antoine acting like thugs. Yass has a newborn baby with his wife, Nora, and lashes out against superiors who don’t understand the dangers of the northern sector.

Leklou’s Resume: Musulman couloir in A Prophet (2009), Teddy in Marseilles by Night (2012), Joseph Bousou in Heat Wave (2015), Farès in The World Is Yours (2018), Arben Bascha in Hippocrate (2018)

The Stronghold Cast: François Civil as Antoine

The Stronghold Cast - François Civil as Antoine

Character Profile: A BAC member who receives intel from an informant named Amel. He gets identified during a drug raid, which causes problems for the rest of the crew. Antoine later gives up his informant in order to avoid jail time.

Civil’s Resume: Papillon in As Above, So Below (2014), Baraque in Frank (2014), Chanteraide in Le chant du loup (2019), Rémy Pelletier in Someone, Somewhere (2019), Alex Chelly in Who You Think I Am (2019)

The Stronghold Cast: Adèle Exarchopoulos as Nora

The Stronghold Cast - Adèle Exarchopoulos as Nora

Character Profile: Yass’ wife. She is a police officer who gives birth to a baby boy. Nora urges colleagues to admit that their superior Jérôme officially approved the secret marijuana busts.

Exarchopoulos’ Resume: Adèle in Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013), Anna Amari in Down by Love (2016), Sandra in Orpheline (2016), Bibi Delhany in Racer and the Jailbird (2017), Soraya in La Flamme (2020)

The Stronghold Cast: Kenza Fortas as Amel

The Stronghold Cast - Kenza Fortas as Amel

Character Profile: Antoine’s informant. She is asked to get intel from her drug-dealing cousin, and worries about trouble in the Squares des Oliviers area. Amel ultimately helps the BAC squad avoid jail time by admitting her involvement in the marijuana scheme.

Fortas’ Resume: Shéhérazade in Shéhérazade (2018), Jennifer in Into the World (2020)

The Stronghold Cast: Cyril Lecomte as Jérôme

The Stronghold Cast - Cyril Lecomte as Jérôme

Character Profile: The head of the anti-criminal brigade in Marseille’s northern sector. He reluctantly allows Greg and company to confiscate marijuana. Jérôme turns his back on the BAC crew in the final act.

Lecomte’s Resume: Campana in Un flic (2007-10), Marco Da Costa in The Connection (2014), Joseph Fouché in The Visitors: Bastille Day (2016), Spagnolo in Spiral (2019), Spagnolo in Olivia (2019)

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The Stronghold cast also includes Michaël Abiteboul (Nicolas Le Floch, The Bureau), Idir Azougli (Shéhérazade, Stillwater), Vincent Darmuzey (Sink or Swim, Balthazar) and Jean-Yves Berteloot (The Da Vinci Code, Hereafter).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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