LONDON Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd and Olivia Colman have all lined up to star in hot-stepping U.K. comedy “Cuban Fury.”
Pic, produced by Blighty’s Big Talk Pictures, is based on Frost’s original idea about a down-on-his-luck man (Frost) who reignites his long-dormant passion for salsa dancing after falling for his gorgeous American boss (Jones).
“Cuban Fury” is the directorial debut for James Griffiths, whose TV credits include “Up All Night” and “Free Agents.” TV scribe Jon Brown (“Misfits,” “Fresh Meat”) pens the script.
The romantic comedy is co-financed by Studiocanal and Film4 — Big Talk has a co-financing and co-production deal with the pair — and the BFI Film Fund.
Speaking to Variety, Big Talk producer Nira Park said the pic, which came out of an email Frost sent her last year, has been in quick development.
“There was a great one-line pitch and the idea of Nick dancing was funny,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to do a dance movie and this is a great romantic comedy with massive dance sequences and a real U.K. sensibility rooted in reality.”
Frost, who told Variety he’d been in salsa dance training for the past few months, said the idea came out of his fear of dancing, which spoiled his wedding.
“But this film will hopefully show that it’s not just about aesthetics and that you don’t have to look incredibly beautiful to be a good dancer.”
Big Talk’s Park and James Biddle produce. Frost will exec produce with Big Talk’s Matthew Justice and Rachael Prior, Studiocanal’s Danny Perkins and Jenny Borgars and Film4’s Tessa Ross.
Pic begins lensing in Blighty in seven weeks. Studiocanal is handling worldwide sales rights.
Frost is repped by Hamilton Hodell, Safran Co. and UTA, while Jones is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams.
O’Dowd is repped by Gordon and French, UTA and 3 Arts and Coleman is repped by United Agents.