Dev Patel has reportedly been cast in the lead role in 'The Wedding Guest'.

The 27-year-old actor - who has previously starred in hit films such as 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Lion' - has been cast by the British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom, who has also been busily scouting locations to shoot the movie.

At the moment, details of the plot are few and far between, but the movie will be predominantly shot in India, according to Variety.

It has also been reported Winterbottom will produce the movie alongside his professional partner Melissa Parmenter and Deepak Nayar, one of the founders of Riverstone Pictures.

Dev has become one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood in recent years, featuring in a string of hit movies.

But the British star previously claimed he'd simply been fortunate to have worked with some of the industry's best directors.

Of his career success, Dev explained: ''I've just been really lucky to be surrounded by some amazing filmmakers, Danny Boyle ['Slumdog Millionaire'], Aaron Sorkin ['Newsroom'], John Madden did 'Shakespeare in Love', Jon Blomkamp ['Chappie'], all these guys and they're incredible.''

Dev also revealed that, long term, he has ambitions to work behind the camera.

He shared: ''I would love to be able to get behind a camera and give birth to a story instead of coming in at the later stages of it and just say the lines once they've been set in stone.

''So, that would be an experience I would love to do and I think it would make me a better performer. Tasting food is one thing but understanding how it's made is something else altogether.''