When Rachel Weisz took on her latest role in Denial, she knew it would be a moving project — but never imagined just how personal it would become.
In the film, Weisz plays professor Deborah Lipstadt, the woman who won a historic 2000 court case defeating prominent Holocaust denier David Irving.
“I had heard about the trial, but I didn’t know about it in any great detail,” the actress tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “About a month before we began filming, Deborah and I sat in my kitchen for a couple of days and talked. The deniers called it the Holohoax.”
The topic of Holocaust deniers immediately hit home for Weisz, who is the daughter of two Jewish refugees.
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It’s been almost a year since Carol premiered and cosmically altered all of our lives, and now studios are looking for their next big lesbian drama feature. Like Carol, Disobedience is based on a book about two women in love whom society thinks shouldn’t be, and, also like Carol, Disobedience will star two incredibly talented actresses: Rachel Weisz has been a part of the project since about a week ago, and now Rachel McAdams is in talks to be her co-star.
According to Variety, Naomi Alderman’s novel “follows young woman (Weisz) who returns to her Orthodox Jewish home after learning about the death of her estranged father. She causes an upheaval in the quiet community when she rekindles a repressed love with her best friend – a woman now married to her cousin.” McAdams has been cast as the best friend.
Weisz is producing the film, which will be directed by Sebastian Lelio, one of the first directors to flourish in post-dictatorship Chile. Disobedience will be his first English-language film. Alderman’s book studies the clash between modern life and orthodoxy as the two women battle with themselves over how they want to live their lives.
The film doesn’t have a release date, but it’s looking like production will start as soon as early 2017. You can see Rachel McAdams in theaters soon as Doctor Strange premieres November 4.
The award-winning, post-World War II drama is directed by five-time Tony nominee David Leveaux Off-Broadway.
Performances begin October 4 for the first major New York revival of David Hare’s Plenty at The Public Theater.
The award-winning, post-World War II drama is directed by five-time Tony nominee David Leveaux and stars Oscar winner Rachel Weisz and Corey Stoll.
The cast also includes Pun Bandhu, Ken Barnett, Emily Bergl, Dani De Waal, Mike Iveson, Byron Jennings, LeRoy McClain, Tim Nicolai, Paul Niebanck, Ann Sanders, Benjamin Thys and Liesel Allen Yeager. The production will officially open October 20 and has been extended to run through November 20.
“Plenty is one of the great plays of the post-war era, and certainly its critical production was one of the high points of The Public Theater’s existence,” said artistic director Oskar Eustis in an earlier press statement.
Originally directed by Hare himself, Plenty premiered at The Public in 1982 to critical acclaim. It transferred to Broadway the following year and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. It tells the story of a British secret agent, played by Weisz, who flies into France during the Second World War. It is billed as an “endlessly layered work about a woman of remarkable bravery, who cannot find in peacetime the values and relationships she cherished in war.“
Plenty features scenic design by Mike Britton, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting design by David Weiner, original music and sound design by David Van Tieghem and hair and wig design by Leah J. Loukas.
Tickets are available by calling (212) 967-7555, publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at Astor Place at 425 Lafayette.
In ‘Denial,’ the actress plays a real-life historian forced to take on a Holocaust denier
Rachel Weisz has had a busy month. After probing audiences to question the absurdities of modern coupledom in the indie hit The Lobster this spring, the Oscar-winning actress closed out the summer playing a woman of many lives in Complete Unknownand a grieving mother in The Light Between Oceans. Next up, in Denial (Sept. 30), she takes on a true story in which history was, essentially, put on trial.
Weisz plays the historian Deborah Lipstadt, who in 1996 was sued for libel by British author David Irving, who objected to an assertion made in her bookDenying the Holocaust that he was a Holocaustdenier. Because the English legal system places the burden of proof on defendants in libel cases, Lipstadt’s legal team took the approach of justifying Lipstadt’s comments, based on the fact that the Holocaust did, in fact, happen—making Irving’s claims to the contrary false. (It bolstered the case that he had a long history of anti-Semitic positions.)
For Weisz, who grew up in England but now lives in the States, the movie raised unsettling questions about the ways in which current events—from the U.S. presidential election to Brexit to the refugee crisis—echo frightening chapters in global history. She spoke to TIME about nailing Lipstadt’s Queens accent, filming at Auschwitz and the online trolls who won’t give up the argument that her latest film is rooted in conspiracy.
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