Kenneth Branagh is in talks to star in Otto Frank biopic Keeper Of The Diary.
The actor and director is in negotiations to helm and portray Anne Frank’s father in the upcoming Fox Searchlight drama, according to Deadline.
Keeper Of The Diary has been written by Sam Franco and Evan Kilgore, and tells of Otto’s battle to find a publisher for the diary written by his daughter before she died in a concentration camp during the Holocaust in 1945.
The plot of the film is expected to focus on Otto’s perseverance to get Anne’s writing made into the book now known as The Diary of a Young Girl, and the help he received from ambitious junior editor Barbara Zimmerman at Doubleday Press.
The film will be produced by Matti Leshem and Lynn Harris from Weimaraner Republic Pictures, as well as Branagh and Judy Hofflund.
Branagh has recently wrapped a part in World War II drama Dunkirk, which is directed by Christopher Nolan, and is also in the post-production stage of his adaptation of Murder On The Orient Express, which he has helmed and stars in as detective Hercule Poirot. The 56-year-old is no stranger to the story of Anne Frank, having previously narrated the 1995 documentary Anne Frank Remembered.
The Diary of a Young Girl documents Anne’s life in hiding in Amsterdam from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands. After her death, her diary and papers were given to Otto by Miep Gies, who rescued them from the ransacked hiding place. Otto left them unread for some time but eventually began transcribing them from Dutch for his relatives in Switzerland, with his efforts leading to its publication in 1947. It was translated from the original Dutch version and first published in English in 1952 as The Diary of a Young Girl, and has since been translated into over 60 languages.