Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson are attached to star in Denial, the David Hare-adapted drama based on Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier. The book recounts Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. It was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust actually happened and that Irving had manipulated data to make history vanish.
The Bodyguard and Temple Grandin helmer Mick Jackson will direct and Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff will produce under their Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment banner alongside Shoebox Films. Participant Media developed the project with BBC Films, and they are in discussions to co-finance. Alison Thompson is handling international sales on the title, which will go before buyers next month at the Cannes market.
Swank is repped by CAA; Wilkinson by Lou Coulson Associates and Larry Taube; Jackson by Equitable Stewardship for Artists; and Hare is repped by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.
Dwight Henry has been tapped to co-star in the indie drama Wolf Who Cried Boy, which stars Barkhad Abdi, Torrey Wigfield and Peter Carey. The anti-coming-of-age story centers on a man who gets swept into the seedy underbelly of the scrapping industry. Henry (Beasts Of The Southern Wild, 12 Years A Slave) will play Koney, a streetwise junkyard owner. Luke Jaden and Cort Johns co-wrote the script and are co-directing. Henry, up next filming Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation and Julien Temple’s Marvin Gaye biopic Sexual Healing, is repped by Alliance Sports & Entertainment.
Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser and newcomer Tim Boardman have boarded Cranium Entertainment’s indie dramatic comedy Miles, which already stars Missi Pyle and Stephen Root. Nathan Adloff is directing from a script he co-wrote with Justin D.M. Palmer. The story centers on a young gay man who, after discovering his recently deceased father had squandered his tuition fund in an illicit affair, joins the girls volleyball team to win a college scholarship and get out of his small Illinois farming town. Annie Golden, Romy Rosemont, Yeardley Smith and Ethan Phillips co-star in the pic, now shooting in New York.