Vanessa Redgrave will star alongside Jesse Eisenberg in Eisenberg's new play The Revisionist. Directed by David Van Asselt, the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater production will play off-Broadway's Cherry Lane Theatre from February 6, 2013 through March 31. Opening night is set for February 21.
In The Revisionist, David (Eisenberg) travels to Poland as he struggles with writer's block. His 75-year-old cousin Maria (Redgrave) invites him to stay at her home in hopes of further connecting with her distant American family. As their relationship buds, Maria reveals details about her difficult post-war life that test their ideas of what it means to be family.
Eisenberg wrote and starred in the off-Broadway comedy Asuncion. He received an Academy Award nomination for The Social Network. His other film credits include Adventureland, Roger Dodger, Holy Rollers, Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less and The Squid and the Whale. Redgrave earned a Tony Award for Long Day's Jounrey Into Night and additional nominations for The Year of Magical Thinking and Driving Miss Daisy. She received an Academy Award for Julia and nominations for Howard's End, The Bostonians, Mary, Queen of Scots, Isadora and Morgan!
So excited! I have a feeling Jesse wasn't going to cast himself in the play unless she agreed to do it, since there was no real word that he was going to be in the play prior to this. There were casting calls for his part. This is where I got that Vanessa was his "celebrity crush" from: http://bullettmedia.com/article/jesse-eisenberg-on-his-lifelong-aversion-to-youth-culture/ More info: http://www.therevisionistplay.com/