UPDATED: Ahead the upcoming European Film Market at the Berlinale, Protagonist Pictures has announced that Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz will play the leads in "The Lobster," the first English-language film by Oscar-nominated Greek director and provocateur Yorgos Lanthimos ("Dogtooth," "Alps"). The film is slated to start shooting March 24th in Ireland.
EARLIER: Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos ("Alps," 2010's superb "Dogtooth," which nabbed a Foreign-Language Oscar nomination) is making his English-language helming debut with "Lobster." He's lined up quite the talented cast: Jason Clarke ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Lea Seydoux ("Blue Is the Warmest Color"), Ben Whishaw ("Skyfall," "The Hour") and Olivia Colman ("Tyrannosaur," "Broadchurch"). Count us excited for this one.
Deadline describes the plot as an "unconventional love story set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is a matter of life and death." The production is eyeing a March 2014 start.
Lanthimos co-penned the script with his longtime collaborator Efthimis Filippou.
Clarke was last seen in "The Great Gatsby" and has Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups" and Fox's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" in the pipeline. Seydoux's "Blue Is the Warmest Color" finally hits stateside theaters October 25; she's got "Beauty and the Beast" coming up, as well as a role in Wes Anderson's ensemble "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Whishaw of course has "Bond 24" in the eventual pipeline, as well as Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem." Colman is rumored to be on board for the second season of hit mini-series "Broadchurch."