Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Caleb Landry Jones (Get Out) and Jay Baruchel (Goon) have joined the cast of Lone Scherfig’s untitled new feature, as shooting commences.
Principal photography began in Toronto on March 23, with filming also lined up for Copenhagen and New York City.
As announced exclusively by Screen last month, Andrea Riseborough (Birdman), Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick) lead the cast.
The film is a modern-day fairytale set in a Russian restaurant in New York City, as a collection of characters dip in and out of each others’ lives. Nighy plays Timofey, a grandson of Russian immigrants and the restaurant’s owner; Landry Jones is Jeff, a young man looking for a job; and Baruchel is John Peter, a lawyer with high ethics but low self-esteem.
London-based HanWay Films has acquired worldwide sales and distribution rights backed by Ingenious Media and Apollo Media. Entertainment One will distribute the film in Canada and SF Studios in Scandinavia.
Malene Blenkov (Bridgend) is producing the film for Creative Alliance and Canada’s Strada Films, in co production with France’s D’Artagnan, Germany’s Nadcon and Sweden’s Unlimited Stories.
It is financed with the support of the Danish Film Institute and Telefilm Canada, DR, Copenhagen Film Fund, the Swedish Film Institute, Film Väst, SF Studios, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, ARTE Grand Accord/WDR, Entertainment One and Ingenious Senior Film Fund. Scherfig (The Riot Club) also wrote the screenplay.