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Joe Wright in talks to direct World War 2 drama In the Garden of Beasts

In the Garden of Beasts, based on Erik Larson's book of the same name, will chronicle the true story of William Dodd, the reluctant and mild-mannered US ambassador to Germany in 1933, and his daughter Martha, a vivacious socialite who had romantic affairs with a Gestapo official and a Soviet spy.

joe wright in talks to direct world war 2 drama In the Garden of Beasts Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour won Gary Oldman his first Oscar. (Source: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)

Joe Wright is in negotiations to direct the big screen adaptation of World War II non-fiction book called In the Garden of Beasts.

The film, based on Erik Larson’s book of the same name, will chronicle the true story of William Dodd, the reluctant and mild-mannered US ambassador to Germany in 1933, and his daughter Martha, a vivacious socialite who had romantic affairs with a Gestapo official and a Soviet spy.

Dodd and his family at first naively navigated life in Nazi Germany (Dodd’s daughter was excited when Adolf Hitler kissed her hand), but they slowly gained awareness of the mounting brutality around them.

The project hails from StudioCanal and Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Hanks has been loosely attached to play Dodd, but it is unknown if he will still star or just produce the film.

Wright is no stranger to directing period dramas. His last project Darkest Hour earned Gary Oldman his first Best Actor trophy at the 2018 Oscars.

The director is currently working on the adaptation of the New York Times bestseller Woman in the Window, starring Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, and Oldman.

First published on: 05-03-2019 at 12:39:49 pm
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