Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz have signed on to the erotic adventure, Elegy for Lakeshore Entertainment.
The film is based on Philip Roth's 2001 novel, The Dying Animal, which evolves over eight years into a story of grim loss. Isabel Coixet will direct Kingsley, who is playing David Kepesh, an eminent TV culture critic and star lecturer at a New York college. Production Weekly adds he meets Consuela Castillo (Cruz), a decorous, well-mannered student of twenty-four, the daughter of wealthy Cuban exiles, who promptly puts his life into erotic disorder. Since the sexual revolution of the 1960s, when he left his wife and child, Kepesh has experimented with living what he calls an "emancipated manhood," beyond the reach of family or a mate. Over the years he has refined that exuberant decade of protest and license into an orderly life in which he is both unimpeded in the world of eros and studiously devoted to his aesthetic pursuits. But the youth and beauty of Consuela, "a masterpiece of volupte," undo him completely, and a maddening sexual possessiveness transports him to the depths of deforming jealousy.
Elegy is set to begin six weeks of principal photography April 24th in Vancouver.