Frank Langella to Star in Hamptons-Skewering Satire 'Lapham Rising'

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Frank Langella

Charlie Kessler is directing the adaptation of Roger Rosenblatt's 2009 novel about a man (with a talking dog) who tries to stop an ostentatious mansion from being built.

Frank Langella is set to star in Lapham Rising, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Charlie Kessler is directing the adaptation of the bestselling 2009 novel by esteemed columnist and commentator Roger Rosenblatt, who also penned the script. BCDF Pictures and the Kerry Orent Company are producing. The Hamptons shoot begins in early spring.

Lapham Rising centers on Harry March, a retired writer who lives peacefully with his talking dog, Hector, a born-again Evangelical and unapologetic capitalist. Their neighbor Lapham, an ostentatious multimillionaire who made his fortune on asparagus tongs, begins building a gargantuan mansion. Though Hector sees the undertaking as a symbol of American progress, Harry believes it represents the fetid and corrupt excess that has ruined modern civilization — and seeks to destroy the project.

Langella, who recently won his fourth Tony Award for Broadway's The Father, also has Paulo Morelli's thriller Martyrs' Crossing in the works. He is repped by ICM and Circle of Confusion.

Orent is repped by WME. BCDF is repped by Sheri Jeffrey at Hogan Lovells.