Project, which is expected to begin lensing in August, sees Lanthimos re-team with co-writer Efthymis Filipou and producers Element Pictures and Film4. Hanway Films is shopping the hot title to foreign buyers in Cannes.
CAA is repping domestic rights, which have already been snapped up by A24 in advance of the festival.
It’s a fitting announcement on the Croisette this year, given last year saw Lanthimos’ click “The Lobster,” which also starred Farrell, snap up the Cannes Jury Prize at the fest.
Lanthimos co-writes and directs the project, inspired by a Euripides tragedy, which centers on Steven, a charismatic surgeon and a teenage boy who seeks to integrate him into his broken family. When the boy’s actions become increasingly sinister, Steven’s ideal life starts to fall apart and he is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice.
Element’s Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe will produce the project, having previously produced the “The Lobster.” Film4 and New Sparta Films are also both backing the project.
“Sacred Deer” is one of a number of projects Lanthimos is developing with Element and Film4. Also in the works is “The Favourite” with shingle Scarlet Films. Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are attached to star in the historical drama, which follows the political machinations behind the scenes during the reign of Queen Anne.
“The Lobster” went down a critical storm on the Croisette last year and firmly established the Greek helmer as one of the hottest European directors working at the moment. Pic was set in a dystopian future where single people are taken to a hotel and obliged to find a romantic partner in 45 days or they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into the woods.
Lanthimos is repped by CAA, Sayle Screen and LBI Entertainment. Farrell is repped by CAA and LBI Entertainment.