Foursome can't resist 'Defiance'


Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos and Tomas Arana are joining the cast of the Daniel Craig starrer "Defiance" for Paramount Vantage. Ed Zwick wrote and is directing the World War II drama, which is based on a true story.

The film revolves around Jewish brothers (Craig, Schreiber and Bell) living in Nazi-occupied Poland who escape into the Belarussian forest, where they join Russian resistance fighters in battling the Nazis. Throughout the war, they build a village inside the forest and save the lives of more than 1,200 Jews. Zwick's screenplay is based on Nechama Tec's book "Defiance: The Bielski Partisans."

Davalos will play Lilka, a Polish refugee and the love interest of Craig's character. Arana will play Ben Zion, a skilled leader in the resistance.

Schreiber, whose credits include "The Painted Veil" and "The Manchurian Candidate," next appears in the indie satire "The Ten" and recently finished shooting "Love in the Time of Cholera." He is repped by CAA.

Bell recently wrapped production on sci-fi movie "Jumper" and most recently appeared in Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers." He is repped by Endeavor and Artists Independent Management.

Davalos next appears in Robert Benton's "Feast of Love" opposite Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear. She also appears in Frank Darabont's upcoming collaboration with Stephen King, "The Mist." She is repped by ICM and Anonymous Content.

Arana, whose credits include "The Bourne Supremacy" and "Gladiator," recently wrapped an Italian remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca." He is repped by Kesha Williams at Melanie Greene Management and Diamond Management in the U.K.