Isabel Coixet directing.
Sir Ben Kingsley (‘Ender’s Game,’ ‘Iron Man 3’) and Patricia Clarkson (‘The Maze Runner,’ ‘The East’) are re-uniting with their ‘Elegy’ helmer Isabel Coixet for ‘Learning To Drive,’ reports Deadline.
The film, based on a 2002 New Yorker essay by Katha Pollitt, sees Clarkson playing Wendy, a self-absorbed Manhattanite, who “is thrown into shock when her husband leaves her abruptly for another woman. Wendy is angry at her ex and men in general, and imagines herself betrayed by those closest to her, and retreats further into isolation. Among the many adjustments she must make to her new solo life, Wendy has to get a license. Forcing herself to come out of hiding, she signs up for driving lessons. Darwan, her instructor, is a Sikh, a political refugee from India. He tries to be patient with his student, who is coming apart at the seams before his eyes. Meanwhile, Darwan is contemplating an arranged marriage to a woman he has never met. As these two very different characters intersect, they help each other to move forward with their lives.”
Jake Weber (‘Medium,’ ‘Dawn of the Dead’), Grace Gummer (‘The Newsroom,’ ‘Frances Ha’), and Sarita Choudhury (‘Homeland,’ ‘Lady in the Water’) also star.