Jennifer Garner is playing Bryan Cranston’s wife in Robin Swicord’s drama Wakefield, which started production in Los Angeles.

The project is based on E.L. Doctorow’s short story —a retelling of a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne— about a man who unexpectedly leaves his wife for an extended period of time.

Cranston talked about the project during a recent interview on The Howard Stern Radio Show, revealing that he will play a married Manhattan lawyer who sees a raccoon in the attic of his home and winds up staying in the attic for several months due to a nervous breakdown. He added that his character will become romantically involved with a younger woman at some point in the story.

109. The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) Dir. Robin Swicord

Six Californians start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen, only to find their relationships – both old and new – begin to resemble 21st century versions of her novels.
Starring: Emily Blunt, Hugh Dancy, Kathy Baker

“Grigg Harris: What about me? Am I your friend? Or am I just some widget to help you make Sylvia feel better about herself? Why did you invite me to be part of your book club? What went through your mind the first time you saw me? "There’s a man who is dying to read every book Jane Austen ever wrote.” Is that what you thought? 
Jocelyn: No. 
Grigg Harris: But I thought, “What a beautiful woman. I hope she looks over at me.” I thought if I read your favorite books that you would read mine. But, no, no, no, no… You just want to be obeyed. That’s why you have dogs.“


Wherein I talk about Robin Swicord’s The Jane Austen Book Club

If you feel your value lies in being merely decorative, I fear that someday you might find yourself believing that’s all you really are. Time erodes all such beauty, but what it can not diminish is the wonderful workings of your mind. Your humor, your kindness, and your moral courage. These are the things I cherish so in you.
—  Robin Swicord, Little Women (1994 film adaptation)