Ben Whishaw and Olivia Colman cast in new movie from controversial Greek director

The British stars will appear in The Lobster, the first English language film by Yorgos Lanthimos, director of Oscar-nominated Dogtooth


Bafta-winning duo Ben Whishaw and Olivia Colman will be taking a trip into the world of the weird in The Lobster, the new film by Yorgos Lanthimons, a director with a subversive signature style.


The unorthodox love story is set in a dystopian future where singletons are snatched, arrested and transferred to a location known as “the Hotel” in the name of the law. If the Hotel’s new arrivals don’t find a partner within 45 days, they are metamorphosed into an animal of their choice and released into the wilderness.

The film’s Kafkaesque plot should come as no surprise to people familiar with Lanthimos, who burst onto the world cinema scene with the surreal Academy Award nominated Dogtooth in 2009.

The Lobster is the director’s first foray into the sci-fi genre, but also his first English-language feature. It will also star Jason Clark, of Zero Dark Thirty and The Great Gatsby, and Léa Seydoux, who had roles in Blue Is the Warmest Color and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

Whishaw, most recently seen in Cloud Atlas, is perhaps best known as Q in Skyfall and scooped a Bafta for his performance as Richard II in the BBC adaptation of the Shakespeare play.

Peep Show and Broadchurch star Colman bagged two Baftas at this year’s awards, for roles in crime drama Accused and Olympics comedy Twenty Twelve.

Production on The Lobster begins in March 2014.