Robards on 'Rebound,' strides into '39 Steps'


Sam Robards soon will be seen onstage and on the big screen.

He is set to play Catherine Zeta-Jones' ex-husband in Bart Freundlich's "The Rebound" and also is taking over the lead in the Broadway adaptation "Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps."

In "Rebound," a Film Department/Process Media romantic comedy, Robards' character is shocked to discover that his ex is romantically involved with a younger man (Justin Bartha). The film is tentatively set for release next year.

Beginning July 8, Robards will replace Charles Edwards in "39 Steps," adapted from Hitchcock's 1935 spy thriller and John Buchan's book.

Robards, the son of Lauren Bacall and the late Jason Robards, recently completed narration on the PBS documentary "The Trial of Saddam Hussein." He also appeared as the father of Chace Crawford's character on "Gossip Girl."

He is repped by Paradigm. (partialdiff)