‘The Durrells’ star joins Kate Winslet and Jude Law in WW2 photographer drama

An incredible line-up of British stars has been announced for new World War II movie Lee.

The upcoming film will dramatise the wartime experiences of model-turned-photographer Lee Miller.

Directed by Ellen Kuras (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Lee will begin production in 2022.

Kate Winslet, who will lead the cast as Miller, has been developing the project with Kuras for some time.

The 46-year-old Titanic actress will be joined by Jude Law (The Nest), Andrea Riseborough (Brighton Rock), and Josh O’Connor (The Crown), with French star Marion Cotillard (Inception).

Winslet told Deadline: “This is absolutely not a biopic. To make a story about Lee’s whole life, that’s a series worth for HBO. What we wanted to do was find the most interesting decade in her life, the one that defined who she was and what she became because of what she went through.

“It was the period from 1938-1948 that took her right through the war and her most defining time. That is the story we want people to know about Lee more than the many other parts of her life.”

Born in 1907, Lee Miller was a fashion model in New York City and a muse to artists like Man Ray, before becoming a World War II photographer dangerously chronicling the fighting on the allied front lines, the liberation of Paris, and exposing the atrocities perpetrated on Jews in the concentration camps of Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

Andrea Riseborough will play British Vogue editor Audrey Withers, Marion Cotillard will play French Vogue fashion director Solange D’Ayen, Jude Law will play artist and poet Roland Penrose, and Josh O’Connor will play Miller’s son, Anthony Penrose.

Lee is expected to arrive in cinemas in 2022 or 2023.

Josh O’Connor will reunite with his The Crown co-star Olivia Colman soon in 1920s drama Mothering Sunday.

The Crown is available on DVD on Amazon.