Cannes: Hilary Swank, Tom Wilkinson Join Drama 'Denial'

Hilary Swank Tom Wilkinson Split - H 2015
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Hilary Swank Tom Wilkinson Split - H 2015

The project is an adaptation of Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book 'History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.'

Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson will star in Denial, the adaptation of Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.

Mick Jackson will direct the film based on a screenplay by David Hare. The story centers on Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust Denier. Because the English legal system puts the burden of proof is on the accused, Lipstadt and her legal team have to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust actually happened, and he had manipulated data to make history vanish. The book first came out in 2005.

Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff are producing under their Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment banner alongside Shoebox Films. Participant Media developed the project with BBC Films and they are in talks to co-finance. Alison Thompson is handling international sales and will introduce Denial to buyers in Cannes.

“This is a powerful story about the legal and personal battle Deborah Lipstadt fought to defend the veracity of historical facts. No one has the right to erase history by distorting the truth, and David Hare’s brilliant script weaves a relevant and thrilling journey,” said a statement from Foster and Krasnoff. “We are very excited to be working with such a lauded cast, lead by the incredible Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson Coupled with director Mick Jackson — it truly is an award-winning combination.”

Swank, who was most recently seen in The Homesman, is represented by CAA.

Wilkinson has completed work on Snowden with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, comedy Jenny's Wedding with Katherine Heigl and drama The Choice. He's repped by by Lou Coulson Associates and Larry Taube.

Jackson helmed HBO's hit TV movie Temple Grandin and Lifetime's The Memory Keeper's Daughter. He's repped by by Equitable Stewardship for Artists (ESA).

Hare wrote the screenplays for The Reader and The Hours, and is repped by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.