Nick Frost and Chris O’Dowd are to star in a new British romantic comedy film set in the world of salsa dancing.
Cuban Fury is based on an idea by Frost, and will be written by Jon Brown, a TV writer whose credits include Miranda, Mongrels and Two Pints Of Lager.
Frost said he'd been training in salsa for months in preparation for the film. And he said the idea came out of his ‘weird fear of dancing’ which ‘spoilt his wedding’.
He said: 'My aim with Cuban Fury was to make a romantic comedy with fiery Salsa at its heart. I wanted to show people that sometimes it's not about a perfect nose and abs of steel, sometimes passion, soul and fire is enough. And in case you're wondering yes, I'll do all my own dancing.'
Also in the cast are Peep Show’s Olivia Colman and American actress Rashida Jones, from Parks And Recreations, who will play Frost’s boss.
The film will be produced by Big Talk – which also made the sci-fi comedy Paul with Frost and his long-time collaborator Simon Pegg – and will be part financed by Film4.
Producer Nira Park said the film was commissioned from a one-line pitch because ‘the idea of Nick dancing was funny’.
She added: 'For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to make a dance movie. Even better a comedy dance movie. So when I received an email from Nick Frost which read: "how would you feel if I said we should do a film where I DANCE A LOT. Imagine me in tightly fitted sequinned garments with a lot of slow-mo", I said: "I want the poster for that movie on my wall now!"
'I can't wait to see Nick in a role that will showcase all of his incredible talents as a performer, even those that have remained more hidden up to this point.'