10:00am PT by Rick Porter
Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott to Topline HBO Movie From Steven Spielberg
Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott will star in an HBO movie that counts Steven Spielberg among its executive producers.
The two actors head the cast for Oslo, based on the Tony Award-winning play by J.T. Rogers that details the secret back-channel talks, unlikely friendships and quiet heroics of a small but committed group of Israelis, Palestinians and one Norwegian couple that led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords.
Rogers is adapting his play, with Tony winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific) directing the Prague-based production. Spielberg executive produces via DreamWorks Pictures alongside Marc Platt, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Bold Films' David Litvak.
"In collaboration with Steven, Kristie, Marc, and Bold Films, we're delighted to work with J.T. and Bartlett to adapt their inspiring Tony Award-winning story for the screen," said Tara Grace, senior vp HBO Programming and Films. "Recounting the remarkable feat of two diametrically opposed sides coming together to find common ground, Oslo's themes are especially pertinent, and we couldn't be more pleased to have so many revered artisans on both sides of the camera working together to bring this to life."
Wilson (The Affair) plays Mona Juul, a Norwegian foreign minister. Scott (Fleabag) plays Terje Rød-Larsen, a sociologist and Mona's husband. The movie is the second HBO project for the duo, both of whom also star in His Dark Materials. The cast also includes Salim Dau (Fauda), Waleed Zuaiter (Ramy), Jeff Wilbusch (Unorthodox), Igal Naor (Fauda), Dov Glickman (Stockholm), Rotem Kainan (Fauda), Itzik Cohen (Fauda), Tobias Zilliacus (Thicker Than Water) and Sasson Gabai (Stockholm).
"My memory of seeing Oslo on the stage for the first time is still so vivid," said Krieger. "I felt then what I feel now — this is a powerful and necessary story for our times. I'm excited to be working with Steven, Marc, HBO and Bold Films, along with our incredible cast and creatives, to bring this story to an expanded global audience."
Rogers and Sher will be co-exec producers of the film along with Cambra Overend. Mark Taylor produces with Marc Platt Productions' Jared LeBoff and Adam Siegel and Bold Films' Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters and Svetlana Metkina.