Julie Delpy's production companyStar 69 has joined forces with the new Paris-based outfit Polaris Production& Finance to produce two feature projects this year.

French writer-director Philippe Rouquier'sfeature debut The Last Mile (workingtitle) is described as a US-set noir drama taking place at the end of the1980s/beginning of 1990s and will shoot at locations in Canada this autumn.

The Euros 6m English language picture is set to have Delpy as lead actress and 'advanced discussions' areunderway with Vincent Gallo to play one of the male leads.

In addition, Polaris, which was founded by French producersThierry Potok and ChristopheMazodier and Belgium'sHubert Toint, will co-produce another unnamed projectDelpy has been developing.