Marking James Schamus’s long-anticipated jump from producer to director – throughout his career, he’s worked alongside Ang Lee, Todd Solondz and Carol director Todd Haynes – Sundance darling Indignation is barrelling down on its theatrical release in July.
Whisking Logan Lerman back to the early ’50s as working-class schoolboy Marcus Messner, today’s first trailer charts the beginning of Messner’s story, travelling via scholarship to Lutheran college and thus ducking out of the Korean War.
Lifting inspiration from Philip Roth’s beloved novel of the same name – and featuring a script by Schamus himself – early reviews have heaped praise on Indignation for rendering a faithful adaptation of Roth’s work and below, you’ll find the official synopsis of her period drama.
Based on Philip Roth’s late novel, Indignation takes place in 1951, as Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a brilliant working class Jewish boy from Newark, New Jersey, travels on scholarship to a small, conservative college in Ohio, thus exempting him from being drafted into the Korean War. But once there, Marcus’s growing infatuation with his beautiful classmate Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), and his clashes with the college’s imposing Dean, Hawes Caudwell (Tracy Letts), put his and his family’s best laid plans to the ultimate test.
Also starring Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Linda Emond, Danny Burstein and Ben Rosenfield, Indignation makes its bow on July 29.