Deadline is exclusively reporting that Daisy Ridley, Kristin Scott Thomas and Nina Hoss have signed up to star in the film adaptation of Jessica Shattuck’s bestselling novel Women In The Castle.
The story, set during and after World War II, focuses on three German women who are widows of conspirators involved in the assassination attempt on Hitler, and each deals with the fallout of her personal life and the devastation around her differently. Though the main characters are fictional, the story draws on familial and historical accounts from the period.
Jane Anderson is on board to adapt Shattuck’s 2017 novel, as well as direct the feature. Anonymous Content’s Rosalie Swedlin, who is serving as producer on the project, released a statement saying:
One of Jane’s great talents is to reveal the inner emotional lives of women and in gifting those revelations to actresses, allowing them to deliver award-winning, timelessly memorable performances. And in Kristin, Daisy and Nina we have the cast to do exactly that.
Tim Haslam of Embankment, who are serving as executive producers on the project as well as handling international sales at the upcoming virtual market at Toronto International Film Festival, added:
We’re thrilled to resume our partnership with Jane and Rosalie, the team behind The Wife. Jane’s precision in uncovering the deeply personal stories of Shattuck’s female characters is intensely captivating and emotionally expressive. Whilst set within a conflict of epic scale the intimacy of the storytelling is highly resonant for its audience. Our actresses will deliver powerhouse performances.
Producing alongside Swedlin are Doreen Wilcox Little and Michael Scheel. Women In The Castle is currently scheduled to commence production in Eastern Europe in early 2021.