Kidman & Fiennes Join Reader

Nicole Kidman and Ralph Fiennes will star in romantic drama “The Reader” for the Weinstein Company reports the trades.

David Hare has adapted the bestselling novel by Bernhard Schlink. Set in contemporary Germany, it centers on Michael Berg who is 15 years old when he begins a long, obsessive affair with Hanna, an enigmatic older woman. He never learns much about her, and when she disappears one day, he expects never to see her again.

But to his horror, he discovers that she is a defendant in a Nazi war crimes trial, and it soon becomes clear that she is guilty of an unspeakable crime.

Stephen Daldry (“The Hours”) is directing whilst Anthony Minghella, Scott Rudin and Sydney Pollack are producing. Shooting begins in Berlin late September.