Emerging from an eye-catching run on the festival circuit – where our own Sam Woolf championed the film as a must-see – today’s new trailer for The Lobster has slated Yorgos Lanthimos’ (Dogtooth) atypical, Orwellian love tale for a May release.
Headlining the bleak romantic comedy are Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, two hapless singletons that are forced to find love within an all-too-brief window of 45 days, lest they be ordered into the woods and transformed into animals. Well, we did say this isn’t your standard romcom.
Set in the not-so-distant future, Farrell plays up David’s toe-curling awkwardness remarkably well in the latest snippet, and while we’re fully expecting The Lobster to stick to a limited economy of words – brooding long shots over rambling monologues, etc. – we’re excited to see Farrell and Weisz’s forbidden chemistry play out in full in two months’ time. The Night Manager‘s Olivia Colman, Ben Whishaw, and John C. Reilly round out the casting docket.
Once pegged for a March debut, Lanthimos’ The Lobster will open in theaters on May 13. In the interim, you can get the skinny on the director’s latest effort below.
A love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.