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Jean-François de Morangias is the main antagonist in the 2002 French horror action film Brotherhood of the Wolf.

He is played by Vincent Cassel who also played The Asset in Jason Bourne, Philippe LaRoche in Derailed and Monsieur Hood in Shrek.

Biography

He is an aristocrat (the son of the Morangias comte) and a hunter, as well as the brother of Marianne.

The knight Grégoire de Fronsac and the movie's main protagonist arrives in 1765 at the castle of Saint-Alban, accompanied by Mani, an Iroquois whom he met during the Battle of Trois-Rivières in Canada. Sent by Buffon, the steward of the King's Garden, the two men come to elucidate the mystery of the Beast of Gévaudan which has terrorized the region for over a year. Guided by Thomas d'Apcher, grandson of the Marquis de Saint-Alban, the knight is presented to the local nobility, Jean-François included.

However, the months pass. Fronsac accumulates many disturbing evidence that implicates the intervention of a human hand in the murders, like an iron fang, but the investigation is stalled. The relations he maintains with the local nobility, in particular with Jean-François are strained. Mani is convinced of the innocence of the wolves that the peasants slaughter in the hope of killing the dreaded monster.

After the first snows and faced with the inability of the soldiers to kill the animal, King Louis XV sent his own hunting lieutenant to Gévaudan. Arrived there, the latter kills a large wolf and asks Fronsac to naturalize it so that the animal resembles the descriptions of the Beast. Fronsac soon discovers that this masquerade was ordered by the King himself to put an end to this affair which calls into question his sovereign power. The false monster is exhibited in Paris. Officially, by decision of the King, the Beast of Gévaudan is dead. In thanks for his silence, the Chevalier de Fronsac is authorized to leave for the counters of Senegal.

But the massacre in the province of Gévaudan continues, in general indifference. Fronsac is warned of this alarming situation and begged to lead the hunt again, this time in the mystical manner of Mani. The knight returns to Gévaudan to see Marianne again, who is staying with her nurse. But the Beast, guided by a trainer decked out in a mask, attacks the house. Fronsac, Mani and the Marquis then lead a final expedition to kill the monster. Mani, invoking the powers of Nature in a sort of shamanic ritual, sets a trap for the Beast. Seriously injured, however, it manages to escape and reach its lair. Mani discovers an arena set up to use the Beast as a war dog. He is then attacked by someone, killed with a silver bullet and his body thrown into a clearing.

While doing the mortuary toilet of Mani, Fronsac discovers this bullet, which he knows to belong to the armament of Jean-François de Morangias: he understands that he is this one who directs the Beast and decides to organize his revenge. But after cremating his blood brother, the knight is arrested.

Jean-François abuses his sister Marianne after the latter has discovered his secret: he is the trainer in the mask. He is also a member of the pact, a group of religious fanatics who try to destabilize the King, guilty in their eyes of being too tolerant of the Enlightenment philosophers, by using the Beast as a sign of the wrath of God. This organization is made up of the local aristocracy. During a meeting of the Pact in the ruins of an ancient abbey, Fronsac reappears and, during a grueling battle, arrests the criminals with the help of Captain Duhamel. Jean-François is killed.

It is revealed that the Beast of Gévaudan is an African lion brutally raised by Jean-François.

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