Léa Seydoux, Jason Clarke & Ben Whishaw Find Love in 'The Lobster'

October 23, 2013

Lea Seydoux

Following a turn in the controversial lesbian romance drama Blue is the Warmest Color, French actress Léa Seydoux (who has been taking some guff from the film's director) is venturing back to English-language film, along with a directing making his American debut. ScreenDaily reports Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos will be at the helm of The Lobster, and the cast also includes great talent like Jason Clarke (The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty) and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas). The project is described as an unconventional love story in a dystopian future where finding a partner is a matter of life and death.

Here's a more detailed synopsis of the story:

Single people, according to the rules of the Town, 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 there he falls in love, although it’s against their rules.

The cast will also include Olivia Colman (Hot Fuzz), Ariane Labed (Before Midnight) and Angeliki Papoulia (Dogtooth) and Protagonist Pictures will be trying to sell it at the American Film Market next month. Supposedly there are still some roles that need to be filled, but production is planned to begin in March of 2014 with a script that Lanthimos co-wrote with his longtime collaborator Efthimis Filippou. In a director's statement, the filmmaker said, "The Lobster is a story about love, without being a conventional love story. It observes the ways and reasons certain people come together to form couples, while others don’t. It is a story about the terrifying effects of solitude, the fear of dying alone, the fear of living alone and, above all, the fear of living with someone." Sounds like it could be pretty intense.

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