Frank Langella has signed on to star in the Charlie Kessler-directed film adaptation of Roger Rosenblatt’s novel “Lapham Rising” for BCDF Pictures and Kerry Orent Company.
The story follows Harry March, a retired writer whose life starts to unravel when a multimillionaire begins building a mansion across from his quiet Hamptons home. Up until now, he has lived peacefully with his talking dog, Hector, who is also a born-again Evangelical and unapologetic capitalist.
To Harry, the gargantuan mansion represents the fetid and corrupt excess that has ruined modern civilization and so he effectively declares war on the new house. Kessler is directing from a script by Rosenblatt.
Langella has kept busy in recent times with a Tony award for his work on “The Father” on Broadway, a key role as a spy handler on FX’s “The Americans,” and the recent “All The Way” telemovie for HBO along with the “Captain Fantastic” feature starring Viggo Mortensen.