Jonah Hauer-King, Anna Próchniak, Melanie Lynskey, and Jonas Nay
With over 12 million copies of the novel sold globally, Sky and Peacock revealed that Jonah Hauer-King and Anna Próchniak are set to take up the lead roles of Lale Sokolov and Gita Furman in the Sky and Peacock Original adaptation and Synchronicity Films production of “The Tattooist of Auschwitz.”
The eagerly awaited series, based on the bestselling novel of the same name, will also star Melanie Lynskey as Heather Morris, author of “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” novel, while Jonas Nay will be joining the series in the role of Stefan Baretzki. Award-winning director Tali Shalom-Ezer is attached to direct all six episodes, bringing a unique perspective to the series.
The heartrending show about bravery and love in the darkest of places, tells the powerful true-life story of Lale Sokolov, a Jewish prisoner who is given the job of tattooing identification numbers on fellow prisoners’ arms in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during World War Two. One day, he meets Gita when tattooing her prisoner number on her arm. They experience love at first sight, and so begins a courageous, unforgettable, and human story, told through one man’s memory and experience of Auschwitz-Birkenau. According to its creators, this is a tale of the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.
“Bringing Lale and Gita’s beautiful love story to the screen is a privilege, and to have Jonah, Anna, Melanie, and Jonas joining us on this journey is a dream come true. We are excited to be working with Tali and her vision for the show, and we are grateful to Heather for trusting us with her beautiful book. I hope everyone of Heather’s 12 million plus readers will come to the show and fall in love with Lale and Gita, as we have,” said Claire Mundell, Executive Producer for Synchronicity Films.
Serena Thompson, Executive Producer for Sky Studios, added: “‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ is a powerful, affecting, and timely story. This landmark, event series will resonate with viewers the world over and we are pleased to have brought together an incredible team in Synchronicity and our talented cast - Jonah, Anna, Jonas and Melanie - under the superb direction of Tali.”
Lastly, David Swetman, SVP Content and Commercial Strategy at All3Media International, said: “We are very proud to be working with Sky, our international partners at Peacock, Stan and Viaplay and the team at Synchronicity to bring this important story to audiences next year."