James Hawes’ directorial debut with the war drama “One Life” casts Helena Bonham Carter.
She will join Anthony Hopkins and Johnny Flynn in adapting the book “If It’s Not Impossible… The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton”.
Written by Barbara Winton, daughter of Nicholas Winton, the book tells the true story of her father during World War II.
Hawes’ previous credits include works like Black Mirror, The Alienist, and Undercover, and ‘One Life’ will be his directorial debut.
He is executive producer of the Apple TV+ series ‘Slow Horses’ where he directed episodes starring Gary Oldman.
Helena has finished recording her participation as Eudoria Holmes in the sequel ‘Enola Holmes 2’ for Netflix.
The movie is based on the life of stockbroker Nicholas Winton
Based on true-to-life facts, the film’s title is paraphrased from the Jewish Talmud: “Whoever saves one life, saves the whole world.”
In the film, London stockbroker James Hawes helped spearhead a seemingly impossible plan that saved 669 children as the Nazis advanced into Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II.
Hopkins and Flynn portray Winton in different phases of his life. Helena will play Winton’s mother, Babi Winton, and Lena Olin will play Winton’s wife, Grete Winton.
The cast also includes Jonathan Pryce, Romola Garai, and Alex Sharp.
They will portray essential operatives involved in the relocation of the children.
Guy Heeley, Joanna Laurie, Iain Canning, and Emile Sherman will be producing the movie.
The screenplay has been co-written by Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl) and Nick Drake (Romulus, My Father).
‘One Life” will begin filming this year on locations in the UK and the Czech Republic, with the probable premiere in 2023.