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Get Him to the Greek; John C. Reilly Completes Lanthimos’ “The Lobster” Ensemble

Supporting players in John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen, Michael Smiley and Jessica Barden are joining the already cast, diverse set of Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Lanthimos regulars Ariane Labed and Aggeliki Papoulia in what should be a delicious auteur version of Hunger Games for us art-house folk. Our number two pick for this year’s Top 200 Most Anticipated Films list, THR reports that Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster is currently shooting in the 100 shades of greenish-brown pastures of Ireland making this a safe bet for Venice in August.

Gist: Co-written by Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou, this is a love story is set in the near future where finding a partner is a matter of life or death. Single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel and are obliged to find a mate within 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods.

Worth Noting: Aggeliki Papoulia has exclusively worked alongside Lanthimos. Following Dogtooth and ALPS, this is their third collaboration together.

Do We Care?: Drifting between studio comedies to the occasional auteurist material, we’re clearly stoked about all the players that will be put to Lanthimos test and Reilly should be a pleasure to watch in bark, bite, fight mode. Opa!

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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