Details have been announced for a film version of Jessica Shattuck’s hit book Women in the Castle.
Published in 2017, the acclaimed New York Times bestseller tells the story of three German women during and after the Second World War.
The trio of main characters are widows of conspirators involved in the assassination attempt on Hitler, and each of them must deal with the fallout of her personal life differently.
Kristin Scott Thomas (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Daisy Ridley (Murder on the Orient Express), and Nina Hoss (My Little Sister) have been cast as the three women.
Scott Thomas will be seen later this month in Netflix’s new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, while Ridley is best known for her role in the Star Wars franchise.
The script for Women in the Castle is being written by Jane Anderson, who previously adapted Meg Wolitzer’s The Wife for Glenn Close.
Anderson is also directing the film.
Producer Rosalie Swedlin commented: “One of Jane’s great talents is to reveal the inner emotional lives of women and in gifting those revelations to actresses, allowing them to deliver award-winning, timelessly memorable performances. And in Kristin, Daisy and Nina we have the cast to do exactly that.”
Filming is scheduled to begin in Eastern Europe in early 2021.
Executive producer Tim Haslam said: “Jane’s precision in uncovering the deeply personal stories of Shattuck’s female characters is intensely captivating and emotionally expressive.”
He added: “Whilst set within a conflict of epic scale the intimacy of the storytelling is highly resonant for its audience. Our actresses will deliver powerhouse performances.”
Women in the Castle is expected to arrive in cinemas in late 2021.
Jessica Shattuck’s novel is available on Amazon.