The drama, based on the memoir A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, follows a street kid from Kolkata (Dev Patel) who is taken in and adopted by a couple in Australia.
Garth Davis, who co-directed the Golden Globe winning mini-series Top Of the Lake with Jane Campion, is attached to helm Lion.
Luke Davies, the screenwriter on Anton Corbijn’s upcoming Life, has adapted the book for the screen.
Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman are rumoured to be playing the couple who take the boy in. However, Hugh Jackman’s manager has denied his involvement in the project.
In addition to Lion, Dev Patel plays self-taught Indian math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in Matt Brown’s period drama The Man Who Knew Infinity, which Mister Smith Entertainment is pitching to buyers. Dev Patel will also be a part of Lionsgate’s Soviet-era thriller Child 44 and Annapurna’s The Road Within, a remake of the hit German drama-comedy Vincent Wants To Sea.
Dev Patel also appears in John Madden’s The Second Best Marigold Hotel, the sequel to the 2011 hit, which Fox Searchlight will release in the US next year.
Dev Patel began his acting career in the year 2007, when he auditioned for the E4 teen drama television series Skins. He was cast in the role of Anwar Kharral, a British Pakistani Muslim teenager.
Dev Patel made his feature film debut when he was cast in the role of Jamal Malik, the central character in Danny Boyle‘s film Slumdog Millionaire.
Dev Patel has a supporting role in the 2012 HBO television series The Newsroom, where he is essaying the role of Neal Sampat, blogger for news anchor Will McAvoy. He also appeared alongside James Franco and Heather Graham in About Cherry, which premiered at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.
Dev Patel is currently dating Freida Pinto.
Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman are set to star in Lion, a new drama produced by The Weinstein Co. The drama, based on the memoir A Long Way Home by Sa...2.0