More than a year following the success of Marriage Story, it looks like Oscar nominees Adam Driver and Noah Baumbach have set up their next collaboration with Netflix as Collider (via The Film Stage) reports that Driver is attached for the leading role in Baumbach’s upcoming film adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel White Noise. In addition, fellow Oscar nominee and Baumbach’s long-time partner/collaborator Greta Gerwig has also reportedly signed on to star in the project, marking her first live-action acting project after four years since starring in 2016’s 20th Century Women.
Published in 1985, White Noise is a satire novel that tells the story of Jack Gladney, a teacher of Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America. Jack and his fourth wife, Babette, bound by their love, fear of death, and four ultramodern offspring, navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. When an “airborne toxic event” unleashes a lethal black chemical cloud, they must face the danger of death together.
Production is expected to begin in June 2021.
Baumbach and Gerwig first worked together on 2010’s Greenberg and was then followed by 2012’s Frances Ha. The duo is currently co-writing the Barbie film starring Margot Robbie for Warner Bros. Pictures.
White Noise is the latest addition to Driver’s growing list of upcoming projects which includes Ridley Scott’s star-studded film The Last Duel; Amazon Studios’ musical film Annette; Sony’s sci-fi thriller 65; and Ridley Scott’s Gucci which will be led by Lady Gaga.
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