BRUSSELS — Isabella Rossellini has been cast in a big-screen version of “The Zigzag Kid,” based on the novel by Israeli author David Grossman.
Film will be a European take on the original story of a police detective’s son led astray on a journey between Jerusalem and Haifa.
The new itinerary links Holland to the South of France, with an international cast speaking English and Dutch.
Rossellini will play singer Lola Ciperola, one of two shady characters who come into the life of 13-year-old Nono, marking his transition to adulthood.
The other is master thief Felix Glick, a role taken by German thesp Burghart Klaussner, best known internationally as the pastor in Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon.”
Nono will be played by newcomer Thomas Simon, while the role of his detective father is taken by Fedja van Huet.
Film will be sophomore feature of Flemish helmer Vincent Bal (“Minoes”), who has also written the script.
Dutch companies BosBros and N279 Entertainment produce, in partnership with Prime Time in Belgium.
Benelux Film Distribution has already bagged local rights for a 2012 release.