As principal photography gets underway in Ireland, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster has netted further cast to join the previously announced Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux and Olivia Colman. John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen, Michael Smiley (The World’s End) and Jessica Barden (Far From The Madding Crowd) are boarding the unconventional love story from Element Pictures, Limp and Scarlet Films. The dystopian tale follows a desperate man who breaks with the rules of The City where single people are arrested and obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days at The Hotel. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. Ariane Labed (Before Midnight) and Angeliki Papoulia round out the cast. Lanthimos, whose Dogtooth won the Un Certain Regard prize in Cannes in 2009, is making his English-language debut with The Lobster which he also co-scripted with longtime collaborator Efthimis Filippou. Producers are Lanthimos, Lee Magiday, Ed Guiney and Ceci Dempsey, with Element’s Andrew Lowe and Film4’s Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender as exec producers. Also partnering on the project are Christos V. Konstantakopoulos of Greece’s Faliro House, Haut et Court’s Carole Scotta and Derk-Jan Warrink, Joost de Vries and Leontine Petit of Lemming Films in Holland. Protagonist Pictures has international sales; CAA is on domestic. Reilly is repped by Hamilton Hodell in the UK and by WME; Jensen is with Independent Talent Group and UTA; Smiley is repped by Roxane Vacca Management; and Barden is with Curtis Brown Group.
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