Toni Collette and Dev Patel are set to topline Bill Bennett’s thriller “Defiant,” set in the world of “honor” killings in India.

Bennett and Australia-based Anupam Sharma are producing from a script by Bennett. The Little Film Company is handling international sales and will introduce the project to foreign buyers for the first time in Cannes next month.

“Defiant,” based on true events, centers on two young lovers in India on the run from their parents who want to kill them because they want to marry against their wishes. When an Emmy-winning journalist sets out after them to cover the story, she risks her own life to try and save them.

Collette will star as the journalist and Patel will portray one of the lovers. The film will shoot in North India with principal photography slated to begin in late October.