Author’s battle with Holocaust denier to hit silver screen

Two-time Academy Award winner Hillary Swank to play renowned author whose litigious battle with the “pseudohistorian” lasted four years.

April 29, 2015 20:47
Hillary Swank

Hillary Swank. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Hollywood will bring to life the story of renowned author Deborah Lipstadt’s drawn-out court battle with Holocaust denier David Irving.

Denial will serve as the on-screen adaptation of her book, History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, with two-time Academy Award winner Hillary Swank playing Lipsadt and Michael Clayton’s Tom Wilkinson playing a barrister.

Lipstadt’s litigious battle with the “pseudohistorian” lasted four years.

The film will be playwright and screenwriter David Hare’s second foray into adapting a novel based on the Holocaust.

In 2008, Hare was nominated for his adaption of The Reader, starring Kate Winslet.

“This is a powerful story about the legal and personal battle Deborah Lipstadt fought to defend the veracity of historical facts,” producers Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff told ScreenDaily on Monday.

Of the star-studded Hollywood talent lined up, Lipstadt wrote in a Facebook post, “I am absolutely delighted that 2x Oscar winner (not nominated) Hilary Swank will be portraying me. I am equally delighted – if not honored – that the incredibly talented David Hare wrote a marvelous script.”

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