Wilson, Thomsen in talks for 'Resistance'

Film based on Owen Sheers' WWII novel

LONDON -- Ruth Wilson and Ulrich Thomsen are in discussions to star in Amit Gupta's debut feature, "Resistance," based on Owen Sheers' World War II novel.

German-speaking Dane Thomsen, who turned heads with his performance in "Festen" and "The International," is being lined up to play the leader of a German patrol in the film.

"Resistance" is set in an alternative 1944 where Russia has fallen to Nazi Germany and the D-Day landings have failed. With Britain partly occupied by German forces, a group of Welsh villagers wake to discover that their husbands have mysteriously disappeared. Wilson, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role in TV miniseries "Jane Eyre," is lined up to play a young farmer's wife whose husband is one of the missing men.

The script has been penned by Gupta and Sheers for the big screen and has secured backing from Munich-based Square One Entertainment and the Film Agency of Wales, the latter having bankrolled the movie's development also.

Brit indie producer Richard Holmes, currently finalizing the budget for the £2.5 million ($3.8 million) movie alongside exec producer Richard Staniforth, is recruiting an award-winning crew for the picture including Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman, BAFTA-winning & Oscar-nominated cinematographer Richard Greatrex and BAFTA-nominated production designer Sophie Becher.

Square One's Al Munteanu said: "I'm really excited to be in at ground level on a project with such a great hook for a German audience." Holmes and co-producer Amanda Faber have rounded out the production investment with private equity and are parading it to U.K. distributors. The film is set to begin filming this year.
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