EXCLUSIVE: Alessandro Nivola is in talks to join the cast of Disobedience, the Sebastian Lelio-directed drama starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams and based on Naomi Alderman’s 2006 novel.

Nivola will play McAdams’ husband, an orthodox rabbi in North London whose marriage is threatened by his wife’s forbidden romance with a lapsed Jewish woman (Weisz) returning to the community after years of self-imposed exile. The pic is being produced by Weisz, Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney, Film4 and Braven Pictures’ Frida Torresblanco. Lelio (Gloria) co-wrote the script with Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

FilmNation Entertainment is co-financing with Film4 and handling international sales.

Nivola just wrapped Lynn Ramsey’s You Were Never Really Here alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Liz Garcia’s One Percent More Humid opposite Juno Temple and Jaron Albertin’s Weightless. Next up he stars with Robert De Niro in Barry Levinson’s Bernie Madoff pic The Wizard of Lies for HBO. He landed a Tony nom for starring opposite Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man on Broadway and most recently was seen in Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon.

He is repped by CAA and Management 360.