Colin Farrell is reuniting with his The Lobster co-star Rachel Weisz for Love Child, billed as a "dark and hilarious twist" on the Oedipus story.

The Hollywood Reporter says the new film from writer-director Todd Solondz (Happiness, Welcome to the Dollhouse) follows a precocious boy who devises a plan to get rid of his nasty father so that he can live happily ever after with his mother.

However, a handsome stranger throws a spanner in the works.

Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in The Lobster - one of the most acclaimed films of 2015

"This is my first movie with a plot and my first movie taking place in Texas," said the characteristically deadpan Solondz.

"It's fun and it's sexy and it's shaped by the Hollywood movies that made me want to become a filmmaker.

"I've loved Rachel and Colin's work forever, and am so honoured to be able to excite their passion for serious and unexpected work as well."

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