Harvey Keitel to Star in Film Based on Novel by Renowned Israeli Author Meir Shalev

'Esau,' slated for theaters in 2019, is a modern take on the biblical story of Jacob and Esau in the book of Genesis

American actor Harvey Keitel in the 2015 film "Youth."
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American actor Harvey Keitel, with Israeli actors Lior Ashkenazi and Mark Ivanir, will star in the upcoming film "Esau," a modern take on the biblical story of Jacob and Esau in the book of Genesis, Variety magazine reported Thursday.

Keitel and Ashkenazi are best known for their performance in the Israeli film "Foxtrot," Ivanir for his role in the hit TV series "Homeland."

"Esau" is the first English-language film by celebrated Russian-French director Pavel Lungin. The movie is an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Meir Shalev.

The story follows a 40-year-old writer who returns to his family home to face his brother who stole his love and livelihood, writes the report.

Lungin has said his film is "a story of great love, return and merciless time. It tells us that there are things in life when time is not a great healer at all, and there are sorts of mistakes that simply shouldn't be made."

The film is slated to hit theaters in 2019.