“The Invisible Man” star Oliver Jackson-Cohen and “Grantchester’s” Jeremy Neumark Jones have been tapped to lead upcoming World War II feature “The World Will Tremble.”
Written and directed by Lior Geller, the film tells the true story of a group pf prisoners who broke out of the Third Reich’s first Nazi death camp, Chelmno.
Jackson-Cohen plays Solomon Wiener while Neumark Jones takes on the role of Michael Podchlebnik.
They are joined by Anton Lesser (“Andor”), David Kross (“The Reader”), Michael Fox (“Dunkirk”), Charlie MacGechan (“We Die Young”), Michael Epp (“The Beekeeper”), Danny Scheinmann (“Stan & Ollie”), Tim Bergmann and George Lenz.
Of the more than 320,000 Jews sent Chelmno, only four are known to have survived. Two of them attempted an escape — Wiener and Podchlebnik – to expose the truth and bear witness to the barbarity they witnessed.
Geller spent a decade researching and writing the film and renowned historian Dr. Na’ama Shik, based at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial center, also assisted with research. “This is truly an amazing and very important film,” she said. “Destined to become one of the most important, watched and studied films of the Holocaust.”
Podchlebnik’s eldest son Yakov Peled also contributed to Geller’s research and granted his family’s blessing before his death earlier this year.
Propagate’s global distribution arm Propagate International will handle global sales, adding to a premium scripted library that includes Netflix’s “Untold” and “LFG” for HBO Max.
“The World Will Tremble” is produced by Lorton Entertainment, UFO Films, Black Sheep Films, and Radiancy Pictures. Ben Silverman of Propagate Content, Arthur Landon and Ed Barratt of Lorton Entertainment, Phillip J. Roth of UFO, Yair Ilan of Radiancy Pictures, Erez Koskas of Cedar House Studio and Saar Yogev and Naomi Levari of Black Sheep Films produce.
“The film focuses on a moment of bravery and hope which coincides with our aim at Lorton to produce powerful, socially relevant content and there’s nothing more powerful or socially relevant currently than Michael and Solomon’s story,” said Landon. “Bringing history to life with previously unheard stories and hearing the testimony of those who lived through it is a humbling privilege.”
Geller added: “The enduring story of Solomon and Michael, who attempted the impossible in an effort to expose the Nazi horrors, serves as a cautionary reminder, emphasizing the significance of hope, survival and the critical role of bearing witness. It is a tremendous honor to share this story with the world, especially now.”