Sarsgaard, Hopper have 'Animal' urges


Peter Sarsgaard, Dennis Hopper and Deborah Harry are joining Penelope Cruz, Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson in Lakeshore Entertainment's untitled film based on Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novella "Dying Animal."

The film, which marks Lakeshore's second production based on a Roth novel, will be directed by Isabel Coixet ("The Secret Life of Words").

Nicholas Meyer, who adapted Lakeshore's previous Roth effort, "The Human Stain," penned the screenplay, which 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.

Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing. The company will be selling to international buyers at May's Festival de Cannes.

The film is scheduled to start production next month in Vancouver.