Both Rachels are cast to star in Disobedience
Both Rachels are cast to star in Disobedience

Great news for Rachel McAdams fans! It has been recently confirmed by Screen International that Rachel McAdams will star in the movie adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s debut novel, Disobedience.

Disobedience: The Novel

Disobedience by Naomi Alderman
Disobedience by Naomi Alderman

Disobedience is the bestselling debut novel of Naomi Alderman. The novel centers on the life of 30-something Ronit Krushka, who was forced to return to London when her estranged father died. What’s more pressing, she must also face the people of Hendon, a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish community.

While there, she meets her cousin, Dovid, who is set to replace his father as the local rabbi who also happens to be married to her childhood best friend, Esti. The more interesting tidbit to this novel is that Esti was not only Ronit’s childhood best friend, but she was also in a relationship with her.

 Disobedience: Film Adaptation

The film adaptation of Disobedience will be produced by Rachel Weisz and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures. This is also the English language directorial debut of Chilean filmmaker, Sebastian Lelio. The script will also be written by Lelio with Rebecca Lenkewicz. Aside from Weisz being its film producer in Disobedience, she is also set to star in the said adaptation.


As mentioned earlier, Rachel McAdams has signed to be on board Disobedience alongside Weisz. As to what role Rachel McAdams will take on, nothing has been confirmed as yet. The same goes for Weisz’s role in the movie.

However, there are several guesses as to what these two versatile actresses will be portraying. Fans of the book are excited to see whether Rachel McAdams might play Ronit, the main protagonist. Or, she might also be Esti, Ronit’s forbidden love interest from the past. No other cast members have been announced so far other than the two Rachels.

Filming Details

As of this writing, everything is under wraps and no further details have been released. Filming is set to start by winter with several key locations situated in London.

While it’s great to hear that Rachel McAdams is set to star in another book adaptation, it might take some time before we see her in Disobedience. Good thing she’s going to come out this year in the Marvel superhero movie, Doctor Strange alongside Ben Cumberbatch. The film is set to release on the 25th of this month in the UK, while it’s slated for release on the 4th of November in the US.

As to what role she’ll be playing in Disobedience, stay tuned for more information in the future!