The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

OS­CAR-WIN­NING ac­tress Rachel Weisz ( be­low) is to play his­to­rian Deb­o­rah Lip­stadt in a film of her epic le­gal clash with the Hitler apol­o­gist David Irv­ing.

Irv­ing un­suc­cess­fully sued the Amer­i­can aca­demic for li­bel in the High Court for call­ing him a Holo­caust de­nier in 2000, when his rep­u­ta­tion was shred­ded in a damn­ing judg­ment.

Shoot­ing for De­nial, which is based on a script by lead­ing play­wright David Hare, is ex­pected to start be­fore the end of the year.

Other char­ac­ters in­clud­ing Irv­ing and An­thony Julius, Pro­fes­sor Lip­stadt’s so­lic­i­tor, are yet to be cast.

Weisz’s own par­ents were refugees from Europe who came to the UK shortly be­fore the Sec­ond World War.

Rachel voiced the part of the first woman rabbi, Regina Jonas — a vic­tim of Auschwitz — in the film Regina.

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