Mike Figgis gets historical

Never one to shy away from tackling difficult or touchy subjects, helmer Mike Figgis has picked a real heartbreaker for his next outing.

Based on a memoir, The Nazi Officer’s Wife will feature Eva Green – who has just signed up as Casino Royale’s Vesper Lynd – as Edith Hahn Beer, an outspoken law student in Vienna during World War Two. Beer’s story takes a turn for the tragic when the Gestapo force her and her mother into a Jewish ghetto, and spirit Edith away to a labour camp. On her return, she discovers that her mother has been deported. Launching a potentially life-threatening hunt to find her, Edith ends up marrying a Nazi Party member who falls in love with her and agrees to help.

Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong’s Captain Englehorn) and Alexandra Maria Lara are co-starring and the film is planned to shoot in Budapest later this year.