Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel Set to Lead LION for The Weinstein Company

     October 30, 2014

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The Weinstein Company is putting together a film called Lion and even though there’s still no director attached, they likely won’t have a tough time attracting top talent because Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel are all on board.  It’s being reported that they’ll lead the big screen adaptation of the true story chronicled in the Vanity Fair article, “A Home at the End of Google Earth.”  The piece tells the story of a five-year-old boy lost in Calcutta who’s adopted by an Australian couple.  It isn’t until he graduates college that he decides it’s time to trace his roots and he opts to use Google Earth to do it.

Jackman and Kidman will portray the couple while Patel will take the role of the boy, Saroo Munshi.  Hit the jump for more on Lion.

hugh-jackman-lionThe casting news comes from Empire.  According to the outlet, TWC is “hoping for big things from this one” and is sending out scripts to buyers prior to the American Film Market.

Assuming they do score substantial deals with distributors – and with that cast, why wouldn’t they – Lion will mark Jackman and Kidman’s first film together since 2008’s Australia.  Jackman and Patel, on the other hand, just worked together on Neill Blomkamp’s latest, Chappie, a film about a preternaturally gifted robot who’s abducted by criminals and then adopted by a dysfunctional family.

That one’s due in theaters on March 27, 2015 and you can also catch Kidman in her brand new movie this weekend, the book-to-film adaptation of Before I Go to Sleep.

Click here to give “A Home at the End of Google Earth” a read.

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