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Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, Laura Linney to Star in Oren Moverman’s ‘The Dinner’

Richard Gere, Oren Moverman previously teamed on 'Time Out of Mind'

LONDON — Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall and Chloe Sevigny are to star in Oren Moverman’s “The Dinner,” which is based on the bestselling novel by Herman Koch.

“The Dinner” starts as Paul and Claire Lohman (Coogan, Linney) get ready for a dinner with Paul’s politician brother Stan (Gere), and his wife Barbara (Hall). Tensions already exist between the two brothers — Stan is a smooth-talking celebrity who is the favorite to win the governor’s race, while Paul has a chip on his shoulder and is currently not working.

But, as the evening in a chic restaurant progresses, dark secrets emerge about their respective children. A monstrous crime has been committed by the Lohman kids, and the two couples are divided about how to handle the situation.

Moverman, whose last film was Gere’s “Time Out of Mind,” has adapted Koch’s novel and will direct. He commented: “Herman Koch’s ‘The Dinner’ is an extraordinarily provocative, conscience-bending ride that takes on culturally relevant issues and turns them into an intricate menu of human passions and primal fears.”

Moverman’s first feature “The Messenger” won Oscar nominations for his script (with Alessandro Camon) and Woody Harrelson’s performance. His second film “Rampart” brought together a heavy-weight ensemble cast that included Harrelson, Ben Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Ice Cube, Ned Beatty and Brie Larson.

Moverman’s credits also include “Love & Mercy,” which he wrote and produced, and “I’m Not There,” which he co-wrote with Todd Haynes. He also produced the recently shot “Oppenheimer Strategies” with Lawrence Inglee. The latter film also stars Gere, and is directed by Joseph Cedar.

Cotty Chubb, Lawrence Inglee, Eddie Vaisman and Julia Lebedev are the producers of “The Dinner,” which is a Code Red, ChubbCo and Blackbird production. Code Red is fully financing and Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales.

Executive producers on the project are Leonid Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Olga Segura and Eva Daniels.

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