First announced last October when Michelle Williams signed on to star, Hotel Francaise has today added Sam Riley to its cast. Deadline brings word that the On the Road star will join Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas and Matthias Schoenaerts in the adaptation of Irene Nemirovsky’s nonfiction World War II novel, officially described as follows:
Beginning in Paris on the eve of the Nazi occupation in 1940, “Suite Française” tells the remarkable story of men and women thrown together in circumstances beyond their control. As Parisians flee the city, human folly surfaces in every imaginable way: a wealthy mother searches for sweets in a town without food; a couple is terrified at the thought of losing their jobs, even as their world begins to fall apart. Moving on to a provincial village now occupied by German soldiers, the locals must learn to coexist with the enemyin their town, their homes, even in their hearts. When Irène Némirovsky began working on Suite Française, she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where she died. For sixty-four years, this novel remained hidden and unknown.
Saul Dibb (The Duchess) is attached to both write and direct Hotel Francaise with Mark Cooper and David Parfitt, who previously worked with Williams on My Week with Marilyn, producing.
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