Weinstein Co. books stars for 'Reader'


Nicole Kidman and Ralph Fiennes have signed on to star in the Weinstein Co.'s "The Reader," directed by Stephen Daldry (HR 8/19). The film will reteam Kidman and Daldry, who worked together on "The Hours," which netted Kidman a best actress Oscar.

Based on Bernhard Schlink's international best-seller, the film is set in postwar Germany and centers on Michael Berg, who is 15 years old when he begins a long, obsessive affair with Hanna, an enigmatic older woman. He never learns much about her, and when she disappears one day, he expects never to see her again. But to his horror, he discovers that she is a defendant in a Nazi war crimes trial and guilty of an unspeakable crime.