Claire Danes has been cast in Danish director Thomas Vinterberg's English-language fantastical romance, It's All About Love.

Danes is to play the world famous ice skater Elena in the story about two lovers and their attempts to save their floundering relationship in a near-future world on the brink of spiritual collapse. Shooting is scheduled from mid-April on location and in studios in Denmark and in Sweden, with extensive second unit filming in New York and around the globe.

"Claire is one of the best actresses of our time," said Vinterberg, who made a mark with his debut, the Dogme film Festen. "I am looking forward to working with an actress who is in such perfect control of her craft."

The film was greenlit in December after Shochiku picked up Japanese rights, Slot Machine became a French partner and Sweden's Memfis Film a co-producer. The UK's FilmFour, Germany's Senator and Italy's KeyFilms are also backing the Nimbus Film production.

FilmFour is handling English-speaking markets, Trust Film Sales non-English speaking territories.