We’re The Millers star Emma Roberts and UK comedian Jack Whitehall are starring in the sci-fi comedy film “Robots” with director Anthony Hines.
“Robots” is a sharp comedy set in a near future America and follows a womanizer, Charles and a gold digger, Elaine, who trick people into relationships with illegal robot doubles of themselves. When they unwittingly use this scam on each other, their robot doubles fall in love and elope, forcing Charles and Elaine to team up to hunt them down before the authorities discover their secret.
“Robots” is based on the short story by science fiction writer Robert Sheckley. Hines and Casper Christensen are penning the script.
“When this project was first conceived, it seemed relevant — at the risk of sounding incredibly self-important — it now seems almost necessary,” Hines said. “Set against a backdrop of an America seeded by the current administration, empathy has been devalued and one underclass has been expelled, only to be replaced by another: Robots.”
Stephen Hamel (“Passengers”), who developed the project under his Company Films banner, and Cassian Elwes (“Mudbound”) at Elevated are producing.
CAA Media Finance, which arranged financing, represents the film’s domestic distribution rights. Rocket Science is handling international sales at the virtual Cannes Market.
“This project combines two of the genres I enjoy the most – sci-fi and comedy,” Hamel said. “It’s outrageously hysterical while providing unexpectedly sweet affirmations of our need for love and connection with each other. If two robots can fall in love, why can’t we!? Ant Hines is a powerhouse of talent and together with the dream team of Emma Roberts and Jack Whitehall, I couldn’t be more enthused.”
Jack Whitehall has most recently been seen in Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” and Amazon’s “Good Omens.”
Roberts will next be seen as the female lead in the Netflix romantic comedy “Holidate, ” scheduled for release this fall.
Whitehall is represented by CAA and United Agents. Roberts is represented by CAA and Sweeney Entertainment. Hines and Christensen are repped by ICM.
News Source: Deadline
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