Dev Patel, who made his debut with Slumdog Millionaire, is cast in the lead role in Bill Bennett directed thriller Defiant, which is based on the true story of double honour killings in India. It will be Dev’s third project based on an Indian story after Slumdog and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Based on true events and set in India, the film tells the story of two young lovers from different backgrounds on the run from their parents who want to kill them as inter-caste and inter-religion marriages are considered taboo in India. Dev stars opposite Toni Colette and he will play one of the lovers on the run.
The film is being produced by Bennett and Australia-based Anupam Sharma. The film will begin shooting in North India by late October.