South Indian superstar Dhanush has inked a deal to star opposite Hollywood starlet Uma Thurman for the big screen adaptation of the best-selling book ‘The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe’.
Dhanush and Thurman will be joined on the international ensemble cast by acclaimed ‘Bandit Queen’ actress Seema Biswas, British star Gemma Arterton and Somali-origin ‘Captain Philips’ actor Barkhad Abdi, Variety reports.
Adding to the international flavour of the project, the film will be directed by Iranian artist and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi, best-known for the powerful and graphic autobiographical film ‘Persopolis’.
Written by French author Romain Puertolas, ‘The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe’ is a whimsical comedy adventure and tells the story of Ajatashatru Oghash Rathod (Dhanush), a fakir who leaves his small village in India and lands in Paris.
A professional con artist, Rathod is on a pilgrimage to IKEA to purchase a bed of nails – named in the Ikea catalogue as Hertsyorbak.
Rathod embarks on his quest armed with a fake Euro note and his usual bag of tricks.
His first victim is a cab driver who refuses to relent, leading to a cross-Europe journey for our charming and lovable Fakir, stuck inside an Ikea wardrobe.
And of course, along the way, our godman falls in love.
Satrapi told Variety: “It’s a story about love, magic and adventure and it takes place across three continents. I’m drawn to fantasy stories and I love creating worlds that don’t exist, imagining things in bigger and more beautiful ways”.
The film marks the latest milestone in the career of Dhanush, the 32-year-old Chennai-born actor and producer known for everything from the catchy YouTube hit ‘Why This Kolaveri Di?’ through blockbuster hits such as ‘Raanjhanaa’, ‘Shamitabh’, ‘Vellaiila Pattadhari’ to producing the award-winning indie film ‘Kaakai Muttai’.