Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold) and Logan Lerman (Fury) have joined the adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel Indignation, according to Deadline. The movie is the directorial debut for James Schamus and follows a Jewish butcher’s son (Lerman) in 1951 Newark who deals with anti-Semitism and sexual repression. At a Midwestern college, he meets the sexually promiscuous Olivia (Gadon), who previously attempted suicide.
Writer-director James Schamus was formerly the head of Focus Features and has worked on a wide range of pictures including Sense and Sensibility (1995), Happiness (1998), and the upcoming historical drama Suffragette. He has frequently worked with Ang Lee and is credited as a writer on a number of his projects.
Lerman is fresh off the acclaimed Fury from last year, as well as the epic Noah. He’s also starring in the upcoming drama The Wife. It sounds like Indignation will be another coming-of-age film, similar to his work on The Perks of Being a Wallflower, except with him playing a college-age student in the 1950s as opposed to a high school student in the 1980s.
Gadon, on the other hand, is looking to make a bigger name for herself after staring in last year’s Dracula Untold and having a small role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. She also starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in 2013’s Enemy. Along with Indignation, she will play Countess Ebba Sparre in The Girl King and Princess Elizabeth in the historical drama A Royal Night Out.
Indignation will be released in 2016.