Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson

Patricia Clarkson will play writer Katha Pollitt in Learning to Drive, a film based on Pollitt's 2002 essay in The New Yorker

The film directed by Isabel Coixet and adapted by Sarah Kernochan follows Clarkson's character after her lover leaves her and she begins taking biweekly driving lessons with a Filipino driving instructor in attempts to earn her drivers license. Ben Kingsley, Jake Weber and Grace Gummer will also star. 

On Twitter, Pollitt reacted to the film's news that she is "So thrilled! She is a great actress. And Isabel Coixet is a terrific director. Total joy." 

Learning to Drive is currently filming in New York.