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Briefly: Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, who directed Alps and Dogtooth, is making his first English-language feature. The Lobster is “an unconventional love story” that has been coming together for a while now. What makes it unconventional? The fact that it is set in a dystopian future isn’t all that odd in the days of rampant YA adaptations, and the fact that this particular future makes it “a matter of life or death” to find a life partner isn’t even the unusual bit. No, there’s something in the script about people being transformed into animals if they don’t fit in. Yeah, that’s the unusual part.

Most of the cast has been set since last fall, but Jason Clarke seems to have dropped out, and Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz are now on board. They join the previously cast Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed and Aggeliki Papoulia. Lanthimos wrote with frequent collaborator Efthimis Filippou, and we can’t wait to see what weirdness they’ve cooked up. [THR]

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Dogtooth and Alps director Yorgos Lanthimos is going to bring his signature style of skewed narrative to an English-language film.

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Now it has a cast, with Jason Clarke (Lawless, Zero Dark Thirty) and Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) signing on alongside Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas), Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Ariane Labed (Alps) and Angeliki Papoulia (Dogtooth).

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Grand Central marks a reunion for Seydoux and Zlotowski, who previously worked together in Zlotowski’s directorial debut Belle Épine. Seydoux was also recently cast in Michel Gondry’s The Foam of the Days, and will next appear opposite Diane Kruger in March’s Farewell, My Queen. Rahim starred last year in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Black Gold, and has just wrapped Joachim Lafosse’s Loving Without Reason. Grand Central is expected to begin filming this summer. [Variety]

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