‘Rose’ blooms for Huston

Finney, Neeson, Robbins sought for add'l roles

Anjelica Huston has signed on to direct “The White Rose,” a World War II drama to star Christina Ricci.

Pic is an English/German/Italian co-prod that starts shooting in November in Germany.

Based on Allegra Huston’s screenplay, pic tells the story of a group of dissident German college students known as the White Rose. Headed by siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl, the group distributed leaflets that challenged the government’s war claims and attempted to awaken their fellow Germans to the atrocious realities of what Nazism meant. Ricci will play Sophie Scholl.

Barry Navidi, who recently produced Michael Radford’s “The Merchant of Venice,” will produce the $23 million pic via his U.K.-based Navidi Wilde Prods. shingle with Roberto Silvi. No sales agent or North American distributor is in place.

Navidi and Huston are in talks with Albert Finney, Liam Neeson and Tim Robbins for additional roles.

Navidi also produced John Huston’s last pic, “Mr. Cobett’s Ghost,” directed by Danny Huston.

Huston previously helmed “Agnes Brown.”