Redgrave, Laurent, Ganz board ‘Night Train’

Cast includes Christopher Lee, Lena Olin, Martina Gedeck

LONDON — Vanessa Redgrave, Melanie Laurent and Bruno Ganz have joined the cast of Bille August’s existential thriller “Night Train to Lisbon.”

Christopher Lee (“Star Wars”), Lena Olin (“Wild Orchid”), Martina Gedeck (“The Lives of Others”) and Jack Huston (“Outlanders”) also join the cast, which includes previously announced Jeremy Irons.

Pic, which is being co-financed and sold by K5 International, is written by Ulrich Herrmann and Greg Latter, and is based on the bestselling tome by Pascal Mercier.

Story follows a Swiss professor who, having saved a beautiful Portuguese woman from leaping to her death, stumbles upon a mesmerizing book by a Portuguese author that compels him to leave his boring life and embark on an adventure in search of the scribe.

Kevin Frakes’ PalmStar Media Capital recently boarded the pic as a co-financier, and join K5 and EFish Entertainment as backers for the pic.

Pic is produced by Studio Hamburg FilmProduktion and C-Films (Switzerland), in co-production with C-Films (Germany), Cinemate and Tele Munchen Group.

Additional cast include August Diehl, Nicolau Breyner, Adriano Luz, Jose Wallenstein and Beatriz Batarda.

Pic goes into production in November, and is skedded to begin lensing in March 2012.

Pic has already been snapped up by Concorde Filmverleih for Germany, Frenetic Films for Switzerland and Paradiso for Benelux.