EXCLUSIVE: Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Caleb Landry Jones (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri) and Jay Baruchel (Goon) are joining the cast of Lone Scherfig’s latest movie, I can reveal. The movie is now underway in Toronto and will soon head to Copenhagen and New York.
As previously announced, Andrea Riseborough (Death Of Stalin), Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick) also star in the ensemble piece from the One Day and Their Finest filmmaker, who has also written the script. The project was previously announced as Secrets From The Russian Tea Room but the film is currently untitled as the filmmakers consider another name.
UK sales outfit HanWay has world sales rights with finance on the movie coming from Ingenious Media and Apollo Media. I can also reveal today that Entertainment One will distribute in Canada and SF Studios in Scandinavia. Principal photography started in Toronto on March 23.
The movie, described by the production as a “modern day fairy-tale including laughter and romance”, will chart the story of a group of people going through the worst crises of their lives. An opulent Russian restaurant in New York City will provide much of the movie’s backdrop. Characters include an ER nurse who runs an eclectic therapy group (Riseborough); an ex-con turned restaurant manager (Rahim); a mother looking to avoid her abusive cop husband (Kazan); a young man in desperate need of a job (Landry Jones); a lawyer with high ethics but low self-esteem (Baruchel); and the owner of the restaurant and the grandson of Russian immigrants (Nighy).
Malene Blenkov (Backstabbing For Beginners) is producing for Creative Alliance and Canada’s Strada Films, in co-production with France’s D’Artagnan, Germany’s Nadcon and Sweden’s Unlimited Stories. Pic is financed with the support of the Danish Film Institute and Telefilm Canada, DR, Copenhagen Film Fund, the Swedish Film Institute, Film Väst, SF Studios, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, ARTE Grand Accord/WDR, Entertainment One and Ingenious Senior Film Fund.
Heads of department include cinematographer Sebastian Blenkov (Miss Sloane), production designer Carol Spier (Pacific Rim), costume designer Louize Nissen (A War) and composer Mark Korvin (The Witch: A New-England Folktale).
Nighy is represented by Markham Froggatt and Irwin and CAA, Landry Jones by ICM, Untitled Entertainment and Bloom Hergott, Baruchel by Thruline Entertainment, CAA and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler and Feldman. Riseborough is represented by Independent talent, CAA and Untitled Entertainment, Rahim by Agence Adequat and UTA, and Kazan by UTA. Scherfig is represented by Casarotto Ramsey Associates.