LONDON — John C. Reilly has joined the cast of love story “The Lobster,” the first English-language film by “Dogtooth” helmer Yorgos Lanthimos. Reilly joins the previously announced Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux and Olivia Colman.
Also added to the cast are Ashley Jensen, Michael Smiley and Jessica Barden. Other thesps in the pic include Ariane Labed and Angeliki Papoulia.
Film is set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.
Pic is co-written by Lanthimos and long-time collaborator Efthimis Filippou, who co-wrote the Oscar-nommed “Dogtooth.”
It is being produced by Element Pictures, Limp and Scarlet Films. Producers on the film are Lanthimos, Lee Magiday, Ed Guiney and Ceci Dempsey, with Element’s Andrew Lowe and Film4’s Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender acting as executive producers.
Isabel Davis is the lead executive for the BFI Film Fund, and Rory Gilmartin for the Irish Film Board.
Principal photography started last week. Shooting takes place over seven weeks on location in Ireland.
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 Lobster” is being financed by Film4, Irish Film Board, the BFI Film Fund, Eurimages, Greek Film Centre, CNC, the Dutch Film Fund and Canal Plus.
Protagonist Pictures is handling world sales.