Cannes: Bel Powley to Star in WWII Drama 'Ashes in the Snow'

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The 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' actress will play the lead in the adaptation of Ruta Sepetys' best-selling novel.

Bel Powley, the breakout star of Diary of a Teenage Girl, is attached to play the lead in Ashes in the Snow, a WWII drama based on the best-seller Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.

Marius Markevicius, helmer of the Film Arcade/Lionsgate documentary The Other Dream Team, will direct Ashes and produce alongside Jonathan Schwartz of Super Crispy Entertainment and Zilvinas Naujokas of Tauras Films. Principle photography is set to begin this winter.

Ben York Jones (Like Crazy) adapted Sepetys' story, a coming-of-age tale of 16-year-old Lina Vilkas (Powley) who is deported to Siberia amid Stalin's reign of terror in the Baltic region during WWII. An aspiring artist, she secretly documents her harrowing journey with her drawings.

Powley's breakout performance was in Diary of a Teenage Girl, in which she played a teenage girl who has her first sexual experience with her mom's boyfriend. Sony Pictures Classics will bow Diary in the U.S. on Aug. 7.

Powley will next be seen in Drake Doremus sci-fi romantic drama Equals, starring Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart. She recently wrapped production on Christopher Smith’s psychological thriller Detour, with Tye Sheridan, and is attached to star opposite Elle Fanning and Douglas Booth in A Storm in The Stars, which Haifaa Al-Mansour, helmer of Independent Sprint Film Award nominee Wadjda, is attached to direct.

Powley is represented by UTA, Brantley Brown at Schacter/Brown and Andrew Braidford at the BWH Agency.

4:10 pm, May 19 Updated to correct the title of Diary of a Teenage Girl