Sarsgaard, Hopper Dying For Roth

Peter Sarsgaard, Dennis Hopper and Deborah Harry are joining Penelope Cruz, Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson in Lakeshore Entertainment’s untitled adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novella “Dying Animal.”

Nicholas Meyer, who adapted Roth’s “The Human Stain” onto film, also did this screenplay. Isabel Coixet (“The Secret Life of Words”) will helm and shooting gets underway in May in Vancouver.

The story follows a sophisticated graduate student (Cruz) who gets tangled up in an erotic affair with her hedonistic professor (Kingsley), a cultural critic obsessed with female beauty.

Several years after the heartbreaking end of their relationship, she returns with a shocking revelation that forever changes his life.