Jason Clarke Joins Animal-Morphing LOBSTER From Yorgos Lanthimos
Yorgos Lanthimos has assembled quite a cast for his first English-language project. Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color, pictured below) have joined Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) and Olivia Colman (I Give It A Year) for The Lobster, described as a dystopian tale of the future.
Clarke, whose star has been rising precipitously since last year's Zero Dark Thirty, will bring some heat and attention, I assume, from his lead role in the next Apes, but he's also a very fine actor, and it will be interesting to see what sparks he and Seydoux will make fly in the film. Here's an official synopsis:
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. Forcing ourselves to like someone is one kind of suffering; trying to find someone we really like is a different sort of suffering. The Lobster tries to discover synonyms for love in words such as fear, norms, deadlines, matching, synchronicity, naivety, prosperity and lies.
How will this compare with Lantimos' Dogtooth and Alps? Production is scheduled to begin in March 2014, so we have a shot at seeing the results before the end of next year.