Lone Scherfig Begins Fairy Tale With Bill Nighy

Danish director Lone Scherfig (Italian For Beginners) started filming in Toronto this week on a modern day fairy tale starring Andrea Riseborough and Bill Nighy.

The unnamed project, which is currently known by the working titles Secrets From The Russian Tea Room and New York Winter Palace, follows a group of people who are all going through difficult times, set against the backdrop of an opulent Russian restaurant in New York.

Bill Nighy plays the restaurant owner, with Tahar Rahim as an ex-con who manages the restaurant, Zoe Kazan as a mother trying to avoid her abusive cop husband, Andrea Riseborough as a shy ER Nurse who runs an eclectic therapy group, Caleb Landry Jones as a man who desperately needs a job, and Jay Baruchel as a lawyer with high ethics but low self-esteem.

Filming will later move on to Copenhagen and New York City.