Tony Nominee Liev Schreiber Pens and Directs "Everything Is Illuminated" Film

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Liev Schreiber is splitting his days between his Tony Award-nominated turn in the revival of Glengarry Glen Ross on Broadway and a cutting room for his upcoming directorial and screenwriting debut on the film "Everything Is Illuminated."

Liev Schreiber in Glengarry Glen Ross
Liev Schreiber in Glengarry Glen Ross

"I've written an adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's 'Everything Is Illuminated' that I directed and stars Elijah Wood," the actor told Playbill.com. "We shot it in Prague and Ukraine and is coming out in September." The Warner Independent Pictures release date is set for Sept. 16.

Based on the novel, the film follows the story of a young Jewish American who travels to the Ukraine hoping to find the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazi invasion. Eugene Hutz, Jason Schwartzman and Boris Leskin also appear in the cast.

"Cutting the film during the day and during rehearsals, splitting my time in the editing room to finish the film for September," was the toughest part of Schreiber's experience working on David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross. Though he now has his more time during the day, the difficulty for Broadway's new Richard Roma is "working on the film during the day and doing the play at night."

Schreiber appeared as Henry V in summer 2003 on the stage of Central Park's Delacourte Theatre. His recent New York theatre credits include Harold Pinter's Betrayal, Neil LaBute's The Mercy Seat and Othello. A co-star in the recent "Lackawanna Blues" HBO film, he has also appeared on film in the "Scream" trilogy, "The Manchurian Candidate" remake, "Jakob the Liar," "Kate & Leopold" and on television in "RKO 281," "Hitler: The Rise of Evil" and "Spinning Boris."

Liev Schreiber on set of "Everything Is Illuminated.
Liev Schreiber on set of "Everything Is Illuminated.
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