Hilary Swank, Tom Wilkinson Starring in Holocaust Denial Drama

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In a pre-Cannes move, Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson have come on board “Denial,” which is based on Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book “History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier.”

Participant Media developed the project with BBC Films, and they are in discussions to co-finance. Alison Thompson is handling international sales and will introduce “Denial” at Cannes.

David Hare (“The Reader”) has adapted the book. It recounts Lipstadt’s legal battle against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. Because the English legal system puts the burden of proof on the accused, Lipstadt and her legal team had to prove that the Holocaust actually happened and that Irving had manipulated data to make history vanish.

Mick Jackson (“Temple Grandin”) is directing. Producers are Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff under their Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment banner alongside Shoebox Films.

Swank was seen last year in “The Homesman” with Tommy Lee Jones. Wilkinson played Lyndon B. Johnson in “Selma” and is portraying Ewen MacAskill in Oliver Stone’s “Snowden.”

Swank is represented by CAA and Wilkinson by Lou Coulson Associates and Larry Taube. Jackson is repped by Equitable Stewardship for Artists and Hare is repped by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.

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  1. Rod Marvin says:

    So sad the Ryan Rick and Rob, along with David Irving, never received enough hugs and love as children and thus continue to espouse hate. The jewish people have suffered hundreds, if not thousands, of years of slavery and persecution. Had Irving not endeavored to deny the undeniable, there would have been no need to bring up the subject in this movie. He brought it upon himself. As for you three, try spreading a little tolerance and harmony and you’ll live a happier life.

  2. Ryan says:

    This is absolutely ridiculous.
    David Irving= one of the most misrepresented and authentic historians to have ever existed, and is ridiculed by the Jewish elite who destroy his reputation whenever he speaks the truth and they also violate free speech laws.
    With Jews, you lose.

  3. Rick says:

    Wow, another movie about the holocaust and the horrors of questioning what has become a post-modern religion; instead of Christ on the cross we must bow before the image of a persecuted Jew and curl in horror at the evil omnipresent dark force of Nazism. I’m sure unbiased Jew dominated Hollywood will come out with a fair and honest look at David Irving and WWII revisionism.

  4. Rob Ostrom says:

    david irving has forgotten more about history than deborah lipstadt will ever know.

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