Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos and Tomas Arana have joined the cast of “Blood Diamond” and “Last Samurai” helmer Ed Zwick’s next feature “Defiance” for Paramount Vantage reports the trades.
Based on Nechama Tec’s book “Defiance: The Bielski Partisans,” the story revolves around Jewish brothers (Daniel Craig, Schreiber and Bell) living in Nazi-occupied Poland who escape into the Belarussian forest where they join Russian resistance fighters in battling the Nazis.
Throughout the war, they build a village inside the forest and save the lives of more than 1,200 Jews. Davalos will play Lilka, a Polish refugee and the love interest of Craig’s character. Arana will play Ben Zion, a skilled leader in the resistance.