Hilary Swank to play Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt in film


(JTA) — Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank will star as Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt in a film adaptation of her book about her legal battle with a Holocaust denier.

The movie will be a courtroom drama based on “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” which was published in 2005.

Tom Wilkinson, a two-time Oscar nominee, will portray David Irving, a British revisionist historian who sued Lipstadt for libel after she called him a Holocaust denier in her 1993 book “Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth & Memory.” Lipstadt won the case in 2000.

British playwright David Hare adapted the book for the film.

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