Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos and Tomas Arana are joining the cast of the Daniel Craig starrer Defiance for Paramount Vantage. Ed Zwick wrote and is directing the World War II drama, which is based on a true story.
The film revolves around Jewish brothers (Craig, Schreiber and Bell) living in Nazi-occupied Poland who escape into the Belarussian forest where they join Russian resistance fighters in battling the Nazis. Throughout the war, they build a village inside the forest and save the lives of more than 1,200 Jews. Zwick’s screenplay is based on Nechama Tec’s book “Defiance: The Bielski Partisans.”
Davalos will play Lilka, a Polish refugee and the love interest of Craig’s character. Arana will play Ben Zion, a skilled leader in the resistance.