Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Flynn to Star in Holocaust Drama 'One Life'

Anthony Hopkins and Johnny Flynn
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The See-Saw film will tell the story of Sir Nicholas George, who rescued 669 children from Czechoslovakia before WWII broke out.

Oscar-winner Sir Anthony Hopkins and rising British name Johnny Flynn (Beast, Emma) are set to star in One Life, a drama based on the incredible true story of humanitarian Sir Nicholas Winton.

See-Saw Films and BBC Films are behind the project, with co-managing directors Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (Lion, The King's Speech), and Joanna Laurie producing and Aisling Walsh (Maudie, Elizabeth is Missing) set to direct. The film will be executive produced by Rose Garnett for BBC Films, and See-Saw’s COO of film, Simon Gillis. BBC Films developed the film with See-Saw.

Co-written by Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl, The Little Stranger) and Nick Drake (Romulus, My Father), One Life will tell the story of Nicholas 'Nicky' Winton who, when just 29 years old championed the rescue of refugee children out of Czechoslovakia, under threat from Hitler’s death camps, to the safety of British foster families. Battling public apathy, political hostility and bureaucratic obstruction he succeeds in rescuing 669 children before war breaks out, the borders are closed and the mission is abruptly over.

Half a century later, Nicky has a surprise reunion with the now grown children whose lives he saved in a powerful and emotional moment captured on TV as part of the award-winning BBC TV show That’s Life. Hopkins and Flynn will both play the role of Winton at different stages of his extraordinary life.

FilmNation Entertainment alongside See-Saw’s in-house sales arm, Cross City Films will be managing international sales which will be launched at the virtual Toronto film market in September. UTA Independent Film Group will be co-repping the US alongside FilmNation Entertainment and Cross City Films.