EXCLUSIVE: In his first film lead since his breakout turn in the HBO series Girls, Adam Driver has signed on to play the lead role in Coward, a period comedy feature that will be directed by Max Winkler. Winkler wrote the script with Matt Spicer, based on a play by Nick Jones that was produced for Lincoln Center’s LCT3. Big Beach is financing.

The comedy takes place in 18th century England and is considered a match between Barry Lyndon and Trading Places. Driver plays Lucidus, a nobleman who hails from a family with a track record of men who came out on the losing end of to-the-death duels. When Lucidus is challenged to trade pistol shots, he panics and hires a common criminal to take his place in the duel. Trouble is, that criminal decides the life of a nobleman is a step up and he steals his employer’s identity.

Big Beach’s Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub are producing with Ravi Nandan and Scott Armstrong of American Work.

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Adam Driver has great presence and is an awesome actor. Really excited to see this
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18th Century England? Adam Driver , Max Winkler???? Anyone else see a problem???? Driver is cool but...
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I didn't even mind Max's earlier work but this legit sounds fucking terrible.

Driver, who took this movie over several other offers — goes to show you that even though I don’t quite get Dunham’s Girls, a lotta people do — most recently was seen in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, stars in the Joel and Ethan Coen-directed Inside Llewyn Davis, and is shooting the John Curran-directed Tracks. He’s repped by Gersh, Winkler is repped by CAA and Management 360, Spicer by CAA and Jones by UTA.