Rebecca Hall and Chloë Sevigny have joined the cast of Oren Moverman’s The Dinner, alongside the previously announced Richard Gere, Steve Coogan and Laura Linney. The film, based on the worldwide bestselling novel by Herman Koch, will start shooting in New York on January 21. Moverman, whose last film Time Out Of Mind also starred Gere, has adapted the novel and will direct.
Cotty Chubb, Lawrence Inglee, Eddie Vaisman and Julia Lebedev are the producers of the film, which is a Code Red, ChubbCo and Blackbird production. Code Red is fully financing and Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales. Exec producers on the project are Leonid Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Olga Segura and Eva Daniels.
The Dinner starts as Paul and Claire Lohman (Coogan, Linney) get ready for a dinner with Paul’s politician brother Stan (Gere) and his wife Barbara (Hall). Tensions already exist between the two brothers – Stan is a smooth-talking celebrity who is the favorite to win the governor’s race, while Paul has a chip on his shoulder and is currently not working. But, as the evening in a chic restaurant progresses, dark secrets emerge about their respective children. A monstrous crime has been committed by the Lohman kids and the two couples are divided about how to handle the situation.
“Herman Koch’s The Dinner is an extraordinarily provocative, conscience-bending ride that takes on culturally relevant issues and turns them into an intricate menu of human passions and primal fears,” said Moverman in a statement. “I am honored to be tackling this international phenomenon as an American film with our family of talented artists and brilliant actors. “
Moverman’s Love & Mercy, which he wrote and produced, was recently nominated for an IFP Gotham award for Best Adapted Screenplay. His first feature The Messenger received Oscar nominations for Moverman’s script (with Alessandro Camon) and Woody Harrelson’s performance. He also co-wrote I’m Not There with Todd Haynes and produced the recently shot Oppenheimer Strategies with Inglee. The latter film also stars Gere with Israeli director Joseph Cedar making his English-language debut.