Filmmaker Joe Wright headed back to the world of World War II, Variety reports. If you’re unfamiliar, Rights recently visited said era with the Winston Churchill movie Darkest Hour, which feature Gary Oldman in a ridiculous amount of makeup. It was a role that actually netted the thespian a Best Actor award at the Oscars last year. He also visited the world and he’s 2007 movie Atonement.
Apparently, he really likes that era, because he is heading back once again for the novel adaptation In the Garden of Beasts. The source material was penned by author Erik Larson. Tom Hanks is one of the producers, and he is also loosely attached to play the real-life character William Dodd, though whether or not he’ll actually play the character is up in the air. Here’s what the film is about, per Variety:
“The book is based on the true story of William Dodd, a mild-mannered Chicago professor who becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany before the Nazis began to assert an iron grip across Europe. At first, his family embraces the vibrant scene in Berlin, but the ambassador soon learns of reports of violence against Jews. Even though his dispatches to the State Department are met with indifference, he continues to be concerned with the growing press censorship and the passage of shocking laws. It leads to the gradual realization of the horrific genocide that Hitler actually has planned.”
Wright is currently busy in postproduction for the thriller adaptation Woman in the Window, which stars Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, and Gary Oldman. Are you excited to see his next project come to fruition? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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