Mike Fleming

Production is underway in New York on Learning To Drive, a film that stars Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson, and reunites them with director Isabel Coixet. They worked together previously on Elegy. The film is based on a Katha Pollitt essay first published in The New Yorker in 2002. Jake Weber, Grace Gummer, and Sarita Choudhury also star. Dana Friedman and Daniel Hammond are producing, and Sarah Kernochan wrote the script. Gabriel Hammond is executive producer. “We’ve been working to make this film for nearly 10 years, but having Sir Ben and Patricia step into these roles makes the wait worthwhile,” said Friedman. Clarkson plays a Manhattanite who takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor (Kingsley) who is living in Queens under political asylum. Kingsley comes off what for my money was one of the great villain performances in a Marvel superhero movie when he played Mandarin in Iron Man 3. He next stars in Ender’s Game. Clarkson just wrapped The Maze Runner. CAA is repping the domestic deal.