Driver nabs lead in indie comedy.

‘Girls’ star Adam Driver has signed on take the lead writer/director Max Winkler’s ‘Coward,’ an indie period comedy based on a play by Nick Jones.

Scripted by Winkler and Matt Spicer, the comedy is set in 18th century England and follows a cowardly young gentleman named Lucidus (Driver) who initiates a pistol duel then finds he can’t go through with it. So he hires a common criminal to fight in his place, only to have the scoundrel make a bloody mess of things. As duel follows duel with many shots fired, this coward finds his reputation growing beyond his wildest expectations. The play has been described as cross between Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Barry Lyndon’ and ‘Trading Places.’

Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub of Big Beach will co-produce the comedy with American Work’s Ravi Nandan and Scott Armstrong.