Unveiling the names of the French actors who willvoice the lead roles in his upcoming Arthur And TheMinimoys, Luc Bessonconfirmed Monday morning that the film will be his last as director.

Arguably one of the best known and most successfulfilm-makers to come from Francein the past 20 years, Besson made the statements on aradio talk show aired on the RTL network.

Arthur is Besson's tenth film as director. He mused, "That's it, it's over. It was a cycle and was very interesting to beable to say I made ten films that I am proud of. They are all my babies, I lovethem all. I'm very happy to have been able to do this cycle." Asked if hethought he would go back on his decision and begin anew, he answered, "If Istill have something to say I'll come back'but I don't know what the next cyclecould be."

Indeed, in recent years Bessonhas tapered off his work as director turning his attention instead to writingand producing via his mini-major EuropaCorp. Besson also noted that he plans to create a foundation tohelp children from the poorer suburbs. "I want to take care of my fellowcitizens, take care of my planet," he said.

The $78.8m (Euros 62m) Arthurwill be released in France on December 13 with the English version starring thevoices of such famous names as Madonna, David Bowie and Snoop Dogg. The French version will starsingers Mylene Farmer, Alain Bashungand Marc Lavoine.