According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates has signed on to star in Mary McGuckian's Funny Farm, joining a cast that includes Malcolm McDowell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rupert Graves, Lucy Davis and Ian Hart.

Made by U.K. indie production company Pembridge Pictures, Farm is set in a celebrity drug and alcohol rehab clinic and is a follow-up to McGuckian's experimental satire Rag Tale, which is being screened at the Marche du Film here. Billed as an edgy black comedy, Rag Tale examines the "amorality" of the tabloid newspaper industry.