Andrea Riseborough tapped for 'Resistance'

EXCLUSIVE: BAFTA-winning actress joins Michael Sheen

LONDON – Andrea Riseborough, Tom Wlaschiha and Michael Sheen have signed to star in Amit Gupta’s debut feature, "Resistance," based on Owen Sheers' World War II novel.

Sheen, who earned a BAFTA nomination for his role in “The Queen,” has boarded to play a secret service agent in the adaptation of Sheers’ debut novel.

The movie is set in an alternative 1944 where Russia has fallen to Nazi Germany and the D-Day landings have failed. With Britain partly occupied by German forces, a group of Welsh villagers wake to discover that their husbands have mysteriously disappeared.

Riseborough, who earned a BAFTA TV nomination for her role in ”Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk To Finchley,” is signed to play a young farmer's wife whose husband is one of the missing men.

The script has been penned by Gupta and Sheers for the big screen and has secured backing from Munich-based Square One Entertainment and the Film Agency of Wales, the latter having bankrolled the movie's development also.

Brit indie producer Richard Holmes is producing the movie alongside Amanda Faber, with Richard Staniforth as exec producer. It is set to start shooting October 18 in Wales for six weeks.

Oscar-winning Rachel Portman is attached to score the film