Jessica Chastain is in the awards-season hunt this year with Miss Sloane playing a ruthless DC lobbyist. She channels something altogether different in The Zookeeper’s Wife, the movie directed by Niki Caro that Focus Features will release next spring.
Set immediately prior to the Nazis invading Poland in 1939, the pic tells the true story of Antonina Żabińska (Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh), who run the Warsaw Zoo. After the Germans arrive, the are forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist (Daniel Brühl) and covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto as the risk to their own lives grows.
War Bride scribe Angela Workman penned the script based on the bestselling book by Diane Ackerman. Michael McElhatton co-stars. Focus Features is bowing the movie on March 31, 2017.
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