Noah Schnapps will star in a film about a young shepherd, who smuggles Jewish children.
The film, titled Waiting for Anya, will be adapted to the big screen from the novel of the same name by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo.
“Whilst you are writing your story, it becomes precious to you. When someone creates a play or a film from your story, what you care about most is that it means as much to them; that they catch the spirit of it, that they grow the story with integrity and love and skill, and do it their own way, in their own voice. I have no doubt that the team making the film of Waiting For Anya will do all that and more. I wish them all, actors, crew, writers and producers and director, all the success they deserve,” said Morpurgo.
Schnapps will portray Jo, who together with a widow, Horcada, played by Anjelica Huston, helps Jewish children across the border from southern France into Spain.
Penning the script alongside Morpurgo is Toby Torlesse. The project is directed by Ben Cookson. Also starring in the movie are Thomas Kretschmann, Elsa Zylbertsein, and Tomas Lemarquis. Executive producers are Kirsty Bell, Victor Glynn, and Geoffrey Iles.
Shooting is scheduled to begin on location later this year.