Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs, The Two Popes) and Johnny Flynn (Beast, Emma) are attached to star in One Life, the emotionally charged drama based on the incredible true story of humanitarian Sir Nicholas George Winton, it was announced today by production company See-Saw Films‘ managing directors Iain Canning and Emile Sherman.
Canning, Sherman (Lion, The King’s Speech) and Joanna Laurie are producing the feature film with Aisling Walsh (Maudie, Elizabeth is Missing) set to direct.
The film will be executive produced by Rose Garnett for BBC Films, and See-Saw’s COO of Film, Simon Gillis. BBC Films developed the film with See-Saw.
FilmNation Entertainment alongside See-Saw’s in-house sales arm, Cross City Films, will be managing international sales which will be launched at the virtual Toronto film market in September. UTA Independent Film Group will be co-repping the US alongside FilmNation Entertainment and Cross City Films.
Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl, The Little Stranger) and Nick Drake (Romulus, My Father) have co-written the screenplay based on the extraordinary true story of Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Winton who, when just 29 years old championed the rescue of refugee children out of Czechoslovakia, under threat from Hitler’s death camps, to the safety of British foster families.
Battling public apathy, political hostility and bureaucratic obstruction he succeeds in rescuing 669 children before war breaks out, the borders are closed and the mission is abruptly over.
Half a century later, Nicky has a surprise reunion with the now grown children whose lives he saved in a powerful and emotional moment captured on TV as part of the award-winning BBC TV show That’s Life.
Hopkins and Flynn will both play the role of Winton at different stages of his extraordinary life.
Iain Canning and Emile Sherman said: “Despite never wanting any attention for his altruistic act, Nicky’s story and the story of those he saved must be told.
“To be a part of sharing this moment in history with the world is an extraordinary privilege. Anthony and Johnny are without a doubt the right people to bring Lucinda and Nick’s beautifully crafted screenplay about this amazing man to life.”
Sir Anthony Hopkins is known for his work in films like The Silence of the Lambs, for which he won an Academy Award, The Remains of the Day, The Two Popes, Nixon and Amistad, just to name a few.
Johnny Flynn played Mr. Knightley in Autumn de Wilde’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma with Anya Taylor-Joy. He’s appeared in Nat Geo’s Genius. We’ll see him next in Stardust where he plays a young David Bowie, as well as See-Saw Films’ WWII drama Operation Mincemeat.
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