Schamus also wrote the script, which will bring to the screen Roth's 1951 set tale of Marcus Messner (Lerman), the young idealistic Jew who travels from New Jersey to study at a small, conservative college in Ohio. There he clashes with the administration, faces anti-Semitism and sexual repression and pines for a troubled girl, Olivia Hutton (Gadon). She is promiscuous, headstrong and independent, and has previously spent time in an asylum following a suicide attempt.
And in the same Deadline story, word arrives that Gadon will also play one of the lead roles opposite James Franco (127 Hours) in another adaptation – that of Stephen King's 11/22/63. Gabon will play Sadie, a librarian at the school that also employs Franco's Jake. Our hero becomes obsessed with John F. Kennedy's assassination and finds a way to travel back in time to try to prevent the shooting in 1960s Dallas, a mission complicated by his falling in love and the tricky, resolute nature of time, which keeps springing back into shape.
J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness) is producing the drama for Hulu, which has Kevin Macdonald (Black Sea) on board to direct the first two episodes of a nine-part miniseries from Bridget Carpenter's script.
Gadon, last seen in Maps To The Stars (2014), is part of the cast for Alexandre Aja's (The Hills Have Eyes) The 9th Life Of Louis Drax and independent dramas The Girl King and A Royal Night Out. Lerman has worked on Björn Runge's (Daybreak) drama The Wife alongside Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs), Christian Slater (True Romance) and Brit Marling (Another Earth).