In more exciting production news of the day, Girls star Adam Driver has signed on to play the lead in Max Winkler’s upcoming sophomore effort, Coward. After the release of his Ceremony in 2010, I’ve been eagerly waiting to see what Winkler had up his sleeve next and this appears to be the perfect match for the talented young filmmaker.
Penned by Winker and Matt Spicer, Coward is a period comedy based on a play by Nick Jones that was produced for Lincoln Center’s LCT3. Driver, who we’ve seen recently in Lincoln and will be seeing again come May in Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, has finally landed his first starring role and I’m definintely excited to see him take on something of this size. But he’s a pretty hot accomodity nowadays, Deadline noting that he took the role in Winkler’s film over several other offers.
Driver is set to play Lucidus, “a nobleman who hails from a family with a track record of men who came out on the losing end of to-the-death duels,” in the film that:
..takes place in 18th century England and is considered a match between Barry Lyndon and Trading Places. Driver plays Lucidus, a nobleman who hails from a family with a track record of men who came out on the losing end of to-the-death duels. When Lucidus is challenged to trade pistol shots, he panics and hires a common criminal to take his place in the duel. Trouble is, that criminal decides the life of a nobleman is a step up and he steals his employer’s identity.
When I interviewed Winkler before the release of Ceremony we spoke about conveying emotion onto the screen, to which he said the trick was to just to, "cast really good fucking actors." And with the choice of Driver, I can see this going quite well.