Emilia Clarke Will Play An Assassin In WWII Dutch Resistance Drama ‘The Woman With Red Hair’

Dec 6, 2016

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It looks like Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) is looking beyond genre projects as she has attached herself as the lead in The Woman With Red Hair according to The Tracking Board.

The WWII drama set in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation explores the story of Hannie Schaft, who joins the Dutch Resistance and becomes an assassin.

In between being the Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke has been steadily building a film career for herself. Her latest is the lead role in THE WOMAN WITH RED HAIR, a World War II drama from writer Michael Schatz. The project recently landed Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter of Berlanti Productions to produce the film.

Based on a true story, the film follows Johanna “Hannie” Schaft, a young woman who joined the Dutch Resistance during WWII after being forced to drop out of college when she refused to sign an allegiance to the German occupation of the Netherlands. She went on to become an assassin for the Resistance, targeting several German soldiers.

In 1981, there was a Dutch film made based on this story which also had the same title.

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I’ll be curious if they’ll attempt to reach out to Dutch director Paul Verhoeven (Elle, Total Recall, Robocop), who dabbled in the subject matter in his underrated film Black Book and Soldier of Orange. Having him tackle another Dutch Resistance story could be worthwhile for the action filmmaker. His recent film Elle is gathering a lot of Oscar buzz for French actress Isabelle Huppert, so pairing the two might be a smart move cinematically.

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SOURCE: THE TRACKING BOARD

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