Liev Schreiber has been cast to play Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank, in the upcoming Disney+ limited series A little light. Produced by National Geographic, the series tells the true story of Miep Gies, who played a crucial role in hiding Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis during World War II.
Disney+ has also announced this Bel Powley (The morning show) takes over the role of Otto’s secretary Miep. The series will also star Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders) as Miep’s husband Jan.
The series is said to be a powerful eight-episode limited series that “tells the remarkable story of 20-year-old secretary Miep Gies, who didn’t hesitate when her boss, Otto Frank, asked her to hide him and his family from the Nazis during World War II.” . For the next two years, Miep, her husband Jan and a few other everyday heroes watched over the eight souls hiding in the Secret Annex. It was Miep who found Anne’s diary and kept it so that she and Otto can later share it with the world.”
It explains, “The series title comes from something Gies said late in her life: ‘I don’t like being called a heroine because nobody should ever think that you have to be special to help others. Even an ordinary secretary or a housewife or a teenager can turn on a little light in a dark room.'”
“Miep kept her heroic work a secret from her friends and family while simultaneously struggling with the everyday pressures of work, wartime daily life under Nazi occupation, and a new marriage.” Miep is “an unlikely heroine whose inspirational story is timeless and deeply humanistic”.
After Anne Frank died in 1945, Miep gave Otto his daughter’s diary, which she had saved from the Nazis. In 1947 Otto Frank published Anne’s diary.
Susanne Foegel (The flight attendant) will direct several episodes of the eight-episode limited series, including the pilot. Johanna Rater and Tony Phelan (ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Council of the Fathers) will serve as executive producers and showrunners on the series, which they also wrote.
https://geektyrant.com/news/liev-schreiber-will-play-anne-franks-father-in-disney-series-a-small-light Liev Schreiber will play Anne Frank’s father in the Disney+ series A SMALL LIGHT – GeekTyrant