EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold) has bagged herself a couple of high-profile parts. The Canadian actress will star opposite Logan Lerman (Fury) in James Schamus’ directorial debut Indignation and star opposite James Franco in Hulu’s nine-part miniseries 11/22/63.
Based on the novel by Philip Roth, Indignation is set in 1951 and focuses on Marcus (Lerman), the 18-year-old son of a kosher butcher in Newark who grapples with anti-Semitism, sexual repression and the escalating Korean War as he comes of age at a Midwestern Lutheran college. Into his life comes Olivia Hutton (Gadon). Blonde and pretty, Olivia is a classmate of Marcus’ at Winesburg College. She goes on a date with Marcus and is attracted to his intensity. She is sexually promiscuous, headstrong and fiercely independent. A daughter to a highly regarded Cleveland surgeon, Olivia had previously attempted suicide and spent time in a mental institution.
Former Focus Features head Schamus will produce alongside Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman. Avy Eschenasy and Stefanie Azpiazu will be exec producers.
Separately, Gadon will also star in 11/22/63, based on the 2011 bestseller from Stephen King about Jake Epping (Franco), an unassuming divorced English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal that leads to 9/9/1958 and goes on a quest to try and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and a past that doesn’t want to be changed. Gadon plays the statuesque, smart and outspoken Sadie, a librarian at the Texas school Jake works at.
Kevin Macdonald (The Last King Of Scotland) is directing the first two hours of the miniseres, with JJ Abrams and Bad Robot producing. Bridget Carpenter (The Red Road) has adapted the novel.
Gadon just wrapped filming Miramax’s thriller The Ninth Life Of Louis Drax, directed by Alexandre Aja, and can next be seen in Julian Jarrold’s A Royal Night Out and Mika Kourasmaki’s The Girl King. She is repped by WME and Creative Drive Artists in Canada.
Logan Lerman is repped by CAA. His legal rep is Robert S Wallerstein.