Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel (The Irishman, Youth) to play lead role as the modern-day Lale Sokolov in the Sky and Peacock television adaptation of the globally bestselling novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris, produced by Synchronicity Films in association with Sky Studios.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz is inspired by the heart-breaking true-life story of Lale and Gita Sokolov. Lale (Jonah Hauer-King) arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1942, and shortly after arrival, he was made one of the tätowierer (tattooists), charged to ink identification numbers onto fellow prisoners’ arms. One day, he meets Gita (Anna Próchniak) when tattooing her prisoner number on her arm. They experience love at first sight, and so begins a life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable, and human story. Under constant guard from a volatile SS officer Baretzki (Jonas Nay), Lale and Gita became determined to keep each other alive.
Around 60 years later, Lale (Harvey Keitel) meets novice writer Heather Morris (Melanie Lynskey). Recently widowed, Lale finds the courage to tell the world his story. In recounting his story to Heather, Lale, in his 80s, faces the traumatic ghosts of his youth and relives his memories of falling in love in the most horrific of places.
Harvey Keitel says about The Tattooist of Auschwitz: “The love story in this project, in the face of the horror, gives testimony to the spirit and the goodness of people.”
Further cast joining the series include Tallulah Haddon (Kiss Me First, The Last Duel) as Hanna, Mili Eshet (Beyond the Mountains, Hills) as Ivana, Yali Topol Margalith in her first screen role as Cilka, Phénix Brossard (Little Joe, Benjamin) as Leon, Ilan Galkoff (Good Omens, Hilda) as Aaron, and Marcel Sabat (Tenet, The Windermere Children) as Tomas.
Previously announced lead roles include Jonah Hauer-King (The Little Mermaid, World on Fire) and Anna Próchniak (Baptiste, Warsaw 44) who are set to star as young Lale Sokolov and Gita Furman. Melanie Lynskey (The Last of Us, Yellowjackets) will star in the series as New Zealander Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz novel and Jonas Nay (Deutschland 83, 86, 89) will be joining the series in the role of Stefan Baretzki.
Produced by Synchronicity Films in association with Sky Studios and All3Media International, The Tattooist of Auschwitz was commissioned by Serena Thompson, Executive Producer at Sky Studios for Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content, Sky UK. Claire Mundell is Executive Producer for Synchronicity Films. Lead Writer Jacquelin Perske is also an Executive Producer on the project and Heather Morris is Story Consultant. Evan Placey and Gabbie Asher are episode writers. Director Tali Shalom-Ezer is attached to direct all six episodes.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz is currently in production, the series is a co-production between Sky Studios and Peacock with NBCUniversal Global Distribution and All3Media International jointly handling international sales of the series. Stan, Australia’s leading local streamer is taking the Original rights to the series in their territory, with Viaplay taking Viaplay Series rights for Nordics (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland), Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), the Netherlands and Poland. It will be available on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW in 2024 in the UK & Ireland, Italy, Germany, Austria & Switzerland.
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Synchronicity produced BBC One psychological thriller The Cry, adapted from Helen FitzGerald’s novel by Jacquelin Perske. The company is also active in film with credits including Karen Gillan’s The Party’s Just Beginning; BIFA / BAFTA nominated Only You by Harry Wootliff; and Andrew Haigh’s film Weekend.
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