Lone Scherfig Begins Fairy Tale With Bill Nighy

Danish director Lone Scherfig (Italian For Beginners) started filming in Toronto this week for modern day fairy tale The Kindness of Strangers, starring Andrea Riseborough and Bill Nighy.

Set at an opulent Russian restaurant in New York, the film follows a group of people going through difficult times who discover that their liberation and hopes ultimately lie in each other’s hands. In a time of growing insecurity and little mercy, the smallest coincidences and kindness can turn into the most surprising of outcomes.

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.