Riding high off the waves of success on Sam Mendes ‘1917’ leading actor, George MacKay is to star opposite Lily-Rose Depp in Nathalie Biancheri’s ‘Wolf’.

Written and directed by ‘Nocturnal’ filmmaker Biancheri, the story focuses on a young man whose distraught family send him to a clinic which specialises in the treatment of his disorder – species dysphoria. He believes he is a wolf trapped in a human body and is put with patients who all self-identify as another species.

Depp is another patient, an enigmatic Wildcat, and the pair are forced to undergo increasingly extreme forms of ‘curative’ therapies at the hands of ’The Zookeeper’.

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“The inspiration comes from a real condition, species dysphoria, in which people believe they are an animal trapped in a human body,” the filmmaker explained. “I wanted to depart from reality and take the film into an increasingly disturbing and violent microcosm where I could explore the meaning of the pressure to conform and how far we’ve departed from our basic instincts. The world of the film is colourful and perpetually ambiguous. Ultimately however it is Jacob’s story and in the simplest form, a quest for personal freedom.”

The project previously saw Barry Keoghan attached.

MacKay can currently be seen in ‘1917’, he will soon be seen in a completely different role in Justin Kurzel’s ‘The True History of the Kelly Gang’ in which he plays notorious Australia outlaw, Ned Kelly.

Depp was last seen in ‘The King’ and will next be seen in Neil Burger’s ‘Voyager’ and Nicholas Jarecki’s ‘Dreamland’.