By Leo Barraclough | Variety
LONDON — Andrew Scott, who starred as “C” in “Spectre,” has joined Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall in the cast of “Denial.” Bleecker Street recently acquired the North American distribution rights to the film, which started to shoot in London this week.
Screenwriter David Hare (“The Reader,” “The Hours”) adapted Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” which recounts Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust Denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove that the Holocaust happened.
Scott, who won a BAFTA for playing Moriarty in “Sherlock,” will play lawyer Antony Julius. The supporting cast includes Caren Pistorius (“Slow West”), Jack Lowden (“War and Peace”), Alex Jennings (“The Lady in the Van”) and Harriet Walter (“Suite Francaise”).
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The film is being directed by Mick Jackson (“Temple Grandin,” “The Bodyguard”), and produced by Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff for Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment. Guy Heeley and Paul Webster are executive producers for Shoebox Films, and Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King are executive producers for Participant Media.
Participant developed and financed the project in conjunction with BBC Films, with Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer as executive producers. Cornerstone Films is handling international sales and distribution.