Paquin is a lifesaver in 'Sendler Story' for CBS


Anna Paquin has been tapped to star in "The Irena Sendler Story," a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation for CBS.

Paquin will play Sendler, a Polish woman credited with saving the lives of thousands of Jewish children during World War II. Sendler, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, died in May at age 98.

The telefilm goes into production next month in Riga, Latvia, for an April premiere. John Kent Harrison is directing from his own script, based on the book "Mother of the Children of the Holocaust: The Irena Sendler Story," by Anna Mieszkowska. Brent Shields and Jeff Most are executive producing.

Paquin co-stars on HBO's vampire drama "True Blood," which recently was picked up for a second season. She is repped by WMA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. (partialdiff)