Jesse Eisenberg to Play Marcel Marceau in 'Resistance'

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Jesse Eisenberg to Play Marcel Marceau in 'Resistance'


Kay, Jeremy, Screen International


Jesse Eisenberg will play the legendary mime Marcel Marceau in Resistance, a feature that will focus on his involvement in the French resistance during the Second World War.

The film will be in the vein of Life Is Beautiful, in which comedy was used as a device to help children survive the Holocaust.

Jonathan Jakubowicz, whose last film Hands Of Stone starring Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro premiered in Cannes last year, will direct from his screenplay.

Production is earmarked for early 2018 and the project is being set up as a European coproduction due to Jakubowicz's EU citizenship.

Marcel Marceau learned to mime to survive and to save the lives of Jewish orphans whose parents had been killed by the Nazis.

He was born Marcel Mangel and grew up speaking Yiddish as the son of a kosher butcher from Strasbourg. His father was eventually killed in Auschwitz. …

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