Here’s a look at the Philip Roth adaptation marking producer/writer James Schamus’ debut as director: An intense drama set in 1951, when young Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman; Fury, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), brilliant son of a Jewish butcher from Newark, NJ, travels to a small, conservative college in Ohio as most young men are being drafted to serve in the Korean War. Once there, the shy, non-religious Marcus’s growing infatuation with his beguiling, troubled classmate Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon; The Amazing Spider-Man 2; A Royal Night Out), and his clashes with the school’s imposing Dean, Hawes Caudwell (Tracy Letts; The Big Short), have increasingly explosive consequences for Marcus and his close-knit family. The film bristles with themes of ’50s morality, sexual repression and anti-Semitism.
As Deadline reported exclusively in March, Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment paid upward of $2.5 million for North American rights to the film by the former Focus Features head after its Sundance debut in January. The Summit/Roadside Attractions release date is set for July 29 in New York and Los Angeles, with a rollout through August to follow.
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