Laura Linney is in negotiations to star in writer-director Oren Moverman‘s adaptation of Herman Koch’s novel “The Dinner,” TheWrap has learned.
The book is set in Amsterdam, where two couples meet at a fancy restaurant for dinner. Each couple has a 15-year-old son, and the two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, civility and friendship disintegrate, and each couple proves just how far they’re prepared to go to protect the ones they love.
Cotty Chubb is producing through his ChubbCo banner, and the film will be executive produced by Eva Maria Daniels and Olga Segura.
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Cate Blanchett was once attached to make her directorial debut with “The Dinner” from a script by Moverman, who has since moved into the director’s chair.
Moverman previously directed the Woody Harrelson cop movie “Rampart” and the Richard Gere homeless drama “Time Out of Mind.” He also wrote the critically acclaimed Brian Wilson movie “Love & Mercy” and the upcoming Sam Worthington thriller “Hunter’s Prayer.”
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Linney recently starred opposite Ian McKellen in “Mr. Holmes” and will next be seen alongside Colin Firth, Jude Law and Nicole Kidman in the Michael Grandage-directed “Genius.” She’s also co-stars opposite Tom Hanks in Clint Eastwood‘s “Sully” and plays a supporting role in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.”
Linney is represented by ICM Partners, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Morris Yorn.