Wolf: Focus Features Acquires George MacKay & Lily-Rose Depp Drama as Project Wraps Production
Principal photography has wrapped in Dublin on Wolf, starring George MacKay (1917, Pride) and Lily-Rose Depp (The King). Further cast includes Paddy Considine (Journeyman, How To Build A Girl) and Eileen Walsh (Rialto, The Magdalene Sisters). Wolf is the first independent film supported by Screen Ireland to shoot during the COVID-19 pandemic and Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to the project, excluding Russia, Turkey, Taiwan, and the Middle East, and will distribute in the U.S. with Universal Pictures International distributing in their territories internationally.
In Wolf, Jacob (George MacKay) believes he is a wolf trapped in a human body, a real-life condition known as species dysphoria. When his distraught family sends him to a clinic which specializes in the treatment of the disorder, he meets the other patients – Duck (Senan Jennings), Squirrel (Darragh Shannon), Horse (Elisa Fionuir), Parrot (Lola Petticrew), Spider (Amy Macken) and German Shepherd (Fionn O’Shea) – who all self-identify as another species. Together they are forced to undergo increasingly extreme forms of “curative” therapies at the hands of The Zookeeper (Paddy Considine), whose methods are unconventional and cruel. The only respite to this ever-growing restlessness is the enigmatic Wildcat (Lily-Rose Depp) with whom he roams the hospital in the dead of night. The two form an improbable friendship that develops into infatuation. But can he renounce his true self for love, and will he ever be able to deny the being inside?
“It’s been very challenging but also a creatively stimulating adventure made possible by an outstanding cast and incredible team of support,” said writer and director Nathalie Biancheri.
Wolf is written and directed by Nathalie Biancheri (Nocturnal), produced by Jessie Fisk of Feline Films and Jane Doolan of Mammoth Films The co-producers are Mariusz Wlodarski and Agnieszka Wasiak of Lava Films in Poland.
Biancheri reunites with her past creative team from Nocturnal: Director of Photography Michal Dymek and editor Andonis Trattos. Further creative team includes Production Designer Joe Fallover (The Lodgers), Costume Designer Allison Byrne (Cracks), Makeup Designer Aisling Nairn (Tenet), Hair Designer Jennie Readman (Vivarium).
Executive producers are Celine Haddad for Screen Ireland, Stephen Kelliher for Bankside Films, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross for Head Gear Films, the Polish Film Institute, and Eurimages.
(Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images & Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)