‘1917’ breakout George MacKay has step in to replace Barry Keoghan in Dublin-based Italian writer-director Nathalie Biancheri’s high-concept arthouse drama ‘Wolf,’ with filming to take place in Ireland this April.

The film will see McKay in the role of Jacob Stein, a young man who believes he is a wolf trapped in a human body. Jacob arrives at a clinic nicknamed the zoo by the locals, which specialises in curing his disorder, known as species dysphoria. The “zoo” is populated mostly with teenagers, kids that believe they are actually squirrels, tigers, pandas etc. In this cacophony of squawking and meowing, the patients undergo a number of different ‘repressive’ therapies.

However, unlike his teenage peers, Jacob gets further and further from being ‘cured’ and the only respite to his ever growing restlessness is a young woman patient – Wildcat, who sees his true nature. Can he renounce his true self, for love? Can he live life repressing who he is to comply with the norms society dictates?

Lily-Rose Depp, recently seen alongside Timothée Chalamet in David Michôd’s ‘The King,’ will also star, taking on the role of  the enigmatic Wildcat.

Jessie Fisk of Ireland’s Feline Films is on board to produce, with Jane Doolan serving as executive produce. Mariusz Włodarski and Agnieszka Wasiak of Polish outfit Lava Films will co-produce.