LONDON — Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz have come on board to play the lead roles in “The Lobster,” the first film in the English language by Oscar-nominated Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (“Dogtooth,” “Alps”). Protagonist Pictures will be selling the pic at the European Film Market in Berlin.
The pic is set to start shooting on March 24 in Ireland.
Farrell and Weisz join the previously announced Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed and Aggeliki Papoulia. Several other roles in the ensemble are being finalized.
Co-written by Lanthimos and his long-time collaborator, Efthimis Filippou, the film is an unconventional love story set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is a matter of life or death.
It is being produced by Element Pictures, Limp and Scarlet Films. Producers are Lanthimos, Lee Magiday, Ed Guiney and Ceci Dempsey, with Element’s Andrew Lowe acting as executive producer.
Partnering on the project are Christos V. Konstantakopoulos of Faliro House in Greece, Carole Scotta of Haut et Court (who will be both the French co-producer and distributor of the film), and Derk-Jan Warrink, Joost de Vries and Leontine Petit of Lemming Films in Holland.
The film is being financed by the BFI Film Fund, the Irish Film Board, Eurimages, Greek Film Center, CNC and the Dutch Film Fund.
Lanthimos said, “I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to work with such great actors. Their contribution to our film will enrich and expand the world we are trying to create and explore. Furthermore our team of old and new collaborators makes me very confident and excited to start making this film.”
Farrell, a Golden Globe winner for “In Bruges,” was recently seen in Disney’s “Saving Mr Banks” and is the star of Akiva Goldsman’s upcoming “Winter’s Tale” for Warner Bros. In post-production are “Miss Julie,” in which he co-stars with Jessica Chastain for director Liv Ullmann, and “Solace,” Afonso Poyart’s supernatural thriller in which he stars with Anthony Hopkins.
Weisz won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for “The Constant Gardener.” Her credits also include box office blockbusters “The Mummy,” “The Bourne Legacy” and “Oz The Great and Powerful.”