EXCLUSIVE: Dominic West has joined Elisabeth Moss in Ruben Ostlund’s The Square. The pic will be the English-language debut for the Swedish filmmaker, whose Force Majeure was shortlisted for the foreign-language Oscar in 2015 but was the big surprise to be omitted from the nomination list.
The Square follows an artist exhibiting an installation in a public square designed to promote altruism where only good things can happen. The manager of the museum hosting the installation hires a PR firm to build buzz around the exhibit. The PR team goes too far, however, and sparks uproar with its plans.
The Brit-born West has made a name for himself Stateside, most recently in Showtime’s slick and sexy, Golden Globe-winning The Affair, which begins shooting Season 3 soon. This summer he voiced Rudder in Disney/Pixar’s box office smash Finding Dory, which opened with a record-breaking $135 million domestically. Earlier this summer, he was seen in the Jodie Foster-directed Money Monster opposite George Clooney and Julia Roberts, and in Josie Rourke’s production of Dangerous Liaisons at the Donmar Warehouse in London. To many, however, he will be forever etched in the conscience as McNulty, the hard-drinking, womanizing detective on HBO’s The Wire.
Plattform Produktion is producing The Square with Philippe Bober’s Société Parisienne de Production and the Coproduction Office, Essential Filmproduktion in Germany. Ostlund’s Force Majeure, an excoriating look at the impact of an avalanche on a vacationing family, was awarded the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
West is repped by WME and the UK’s Tavistock Wood Management.