Dev Patel, who came to the limelight with Danny Boyles
Slumdog Millionaire, has been signed to play the lead
role in Bill Bennett directed thriller Defiant, based
on the true story of double honour killings in India.
on true events and set in India, the film tells the
story of two young lovers from different backgrounds
on the run from their parents who want to kill them
as inter caste and inter-religion marriages are considered
taboo in India.
22-year-old actor will star opposite Toni Colette in
the film in which he will play one of the lovers on
an Emmy-winning journalist, follows them for a story
but ends up risking her life to save the young lovers.
film is being produced by Bennett and Australia-based
Anupam Sharma. The shooting of the film will begin
in North India by late October.
Little Film Company, which is handling the international
sales of the movie, will introduce the project to
foreign buyers for the first time in Cannes next month.
film will be Patel's third project based on an Indian
story after Slumdog Millionaire and The Best Exotic