The streaming wars have led to a great time for well-designed television. The quality of TV shows keeps getting higher with compelling dramatic performances from actors across the world of film and TV, because it’s not so taboo these days to jump from one medium to another. . Disney+ is now looking to branch out into darker stories and will set its sights on an original series tackling the Holocaust.
Deadline reports that the streaming service is behind an eight-episode drama series, “A little light.” the National geographic limited series tells the remarkable true story of a Dutch woman, Miep gieswho risked his life to shelter by Anne Frank Nazi family in Amsterdam occupied for over two years, then kept Anne’s diary which was later released for the public.
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The cast will include Bel Powley (“White Boy Rick”) playing Gies with Liev Schreiber (“Projector“) and Jo Cole (“Peaky Blinders”) also exploited respectively for the roles of Otto Frank and Miep’s husband John Gies. It’s already a solid group of players and a project to watch.
“Grey’s Anatomy” alums Joan Rater and Tony Phelan will write/present with Susanna Fogel (“Utopia”The stewardess”) directing several episodes, including the pilot.
Here is the synopsis of the new drama released by the outlet:
The eight-episode limited series centers on twenty-something secretary Miep Gies (Powley), who didn’t hesitate when her boss Otto Frank asked her to hide him and his family from the Nazis for a while. the Second World War. For the next two years, Miep, her husband Jan, and several other everyday heroes watched over the eight souls hidden in the secret annex. It was Miep who found Anne’s diary and saved it so she and Otto could later share it with the world.
Frank’s iconic diary has become a harrowing account of the Holocaust, as many Jews were hidden from ruthless Nazis in similar situations across Europe by kind-hearted people who risked their own lives for those who would otherwise would end up in various concentration camps or simply killed on the spot.
“A Small Light” is a clear sign that Disney+ is trying to move beyond the cartoons and endless TV spinoffs of popular movie franchises. Production is taking place this summer in Prague and Amsterdam.