Variety is reporting that British director Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna) will be returning to the WWII genre after his fantastic Winston Chruchhill biopic Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman (won Best Actor), with an adaptation of In The Garden of Beasts, a novel by Erik Larson for Playtone Productions and StudioCanal.
Tom Hanks will be production and might end up with the role of William Dodd.
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.
It sounds like a very different type of WWII film that we normally get and I’m hopeful that Tom Hanks ends up taking the role, he recently took on another WWII film titled Greyhound that is set for release on May 8th, 2020.
Joe Wright’s latest film is a thriller titled Woman In The Window starring Amy Adam and Gary Oldman, set for release on October 4th by Fox 2000 Pictures.