Lion starring Nicole Kidman is set to have its UK premiere at the 60th BFI London Film Festival.
Dev Patel and Rooney Mara star alongside Kidman in the project, which is based on Saroo Brierley's memoir ‘A Long way Home’.
The film follows the story of a five-year-old Indian boy who boards the wrong train and ends up lost and far away from his home. Too young to remember his family name or where he is from, he is placed in an orphanage and after some hardship, he is adopted by an Australian couple (played by Kidman and David Wenham).
Almost 25 years later, after the advent of Google Earth, he painstakingly scoured the site, zooming in on Indian villages looking for landmarks he remembered, until he miraculously found his home.
Backed by Screen Australia and Sunstar Entertainment, Lion is produced by See-Saw Films' Emile Sherman and Iain Canning and Aquarius Films’ Angie Fielder.
Directed by Garth Davis and acquired by The Weinstein Company, Lion will have its world premiere at Toronto Film Festival in September.
The Weinsten Company is set to release the film in the US on Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, 25 November.
A rising star, Davis is currently in preproduction on his next feature, Mary Magdalene, also starring Rooney Mara, who is attached to play the title character. Featuring an all-star cast, Joaquin Phoenix is set to play Jesus, 12 Years a Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor is on board to play his apostle, Peter, and France’s Tahar Rahim will star as Judas.
Australian producer Liz Watts will produce for Porchlight Films, and Iain Canning and Emile Sherman will produce for See-Saw Films. Also acquired by The Weinsten Company, the bio-pic will be in theatres in 2017.