Thewlis, Scanlon put on 'Striped Pajamas'


LONDON -- David Thewlis and Jack Scanlon have joined the cast of "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," the tale of a German family living in the town of Auschwitz.

Based on John Boyne's novel of the same name, the film, written and directed by Mark Herman, is produced by David Heyman's Heyday Films for Miramax Films and began shooting on location in Hungary on Friday. Buena Vista International, the affilate company of Miramax, is set to distribute the film.

"Pajamas" details the story of a nine-year-old German boy, played by Asa Butterfield, who befriends a camp prisoner on the other side of the fence in Auschwitz. Thewlis plays Butterfield's Nazi father.

Herman said he was drawn to the story because it "is one family's story and yet it gets right to the heart of how the Final Solution could ever have happened."

The crucial difference between the original book and Mark Herman's adaptation is that the role of Bruno's mother Elsa, played by Vera Farmiga, has been expanded, a Buena Vista spokesperson said.

Herman also is an executive producer on the project.