The Colin Farrell-led indie drama “Killing of a Sacred Deer” has cast Sunny Suljic as a 12-year-old named Bob, TheWrap has learned exclusively.
“Killing of a Sacred Deer” is inspired by a Euripides tragedy and follows Steven, a surgeon, and a young boy who seeks to integrate Steven into his family. When the young boy’s action become sinister, the surgeon’s seemingly perfect life falls apart and he must make sacrifices. The film also stars Nicole Kidman and Barry Keoghan in addition to Farrell.
Yorgos Lanthimos, who also directed Farrell in “The Lobster,” will helm the project. Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures are producing the film, while Film4 and New Sparta Films financed its development.
A24 acquired the U.S. rights to the film at Cannes Film Festival back in May.
Suljic’s career began just a few years ago in 2013 when he was cast in the short film “Ruined.” He followed that up with a guest role on “Criminal Minds” in 2014.
He also played the lead role in director Sheldon Wilson’s “The Unspoken” and a role in Garin Hovannisian’s and Alec Mouhibian’s Armenian Genocide film “1915.” He will next appear in the TV movie “Shady Neighbors.”
He is represented by APA and Monster Talent Management.