'Medium' Star Joins Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley in Indie 'Learning to Drive' (Exclusive)

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Jake Weber will co-star in the drama, based on a 2002 New Yorker personal essay by Katha Pollitt.

Jake Weber has joined the cast of the indie drama Learning to Drive, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The film, directed by Isabel Coixet (Paris, je t’aime; Elegy) and written by Sarah Kernochan (What Lies Beneath, Nine ½ Weeks), is based on a Katha Pollitt personal essay published in The New Yorker in 2002. The story recounted Pollitt’s biweekly lessons with her Filipino driving instructor as she attempts to earn a license after her lover leaves her. Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley star, and Grace Gummer plays a supporting role. Weber will play Ted Shields, described as a charming college professor married to Clarkson's protagonist Wendy. Shooting began in New York on Aug. 14.

Weber, fresh off a run in the Tom Stoppard play Hapgood at the Williamstown Theatre Festival last month, starred on NBC’s supernatural drama Medium. He recently appeared in White House Down, and his other screen credits include Meet Joe Black and Dawn of the Dead. He is repped by Paradigm and Framework Entertainment.