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Sam Riley Joins Michelle Williams for Film Adaptation of Bestseller Suite Française

June 17, 2013  |  4:30pm
Sam Riley Joins Michelle Williams for Film Adaptation of Bestseller <i>Suite Française</i>

Known for his breakout performance in the Ian Curtis biopic Control and for his role as Sal Paradise in last year’s On the Road, Sam Riley will return to the big screen alongside Michelle Williams for the film adaptation of Irène Némirovsky’s bestseller, Suite Française.

Némirovsky wrote the first two novels of a five-book series, Suite Française, before she was arrested for being a Jew and detained at Auschwitz, where she died in 1942. The series depicts life in France before and after the German occupation during World War II.

After discovering their mother’s manuscript, Nemirovsky’s daughters sent them to a publisher and Suite Française was published as a single volume in 2004 to wide critical acclaim. The film rights to the best-selling novel were purchased by Universal two years later. Directed and co-written by Saul Dibb (The Duchess), the film will see Michelle Williams as Lucille Angellier, a French woman that falls in love with a German commander (Matthias Schoenaerts) who is posted at her house.

Kristin Scott Thomas will also star as Willams’ harsh, overbearing mother-in-law. Filming will begin in Belgium and Paris later this summer, and the film is slated for a 2014 release.

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