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Defiance is an upcoming war film written and directed by Edward Zwick. The film is based on the true story of the Bielski partisans, covered by author Nechama Tec in the book of the same name. Defiance stars Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, and Jamie Bell as three Jewish brothers from West Belarus who escape from the Nazis and fight back to rescue fellow Jews. Production began in early September 2007. The film is scheduled to be released on December 19, 2008.
During World War II, three Jewish brothers escape their Nazi-occupied homeland of West Belarus and join Russian resistance fighters to combat the Nazis. They build a village in a forest and manage to save over 1,200 Jews.
Edward Zwick began writing a script for Defiance in 1999 after he acquired film rights to the 1993 nonfiction book of the same name by author Nechama Tec. Zwick developed the project under his company, Bedford Falls, and the project was financed by the London-based company Grosvenor Park with a budget of $50 million. In May 2007, actor Daniel Craig was cast into the lead role with Paramount Vantage acquiring the rights to distribute Defiance in the United States and Canada. The following August, actors Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, and Tomas Arana were cast into Defiance. Production began in early September 2007 so Craig would complete filming Defiance before moving on to reprising his role as James Bond in Quantum of Solace. Filming of Defiance took place for three months in Lithuania, which had beaten out other Eastern European locations such as Poland and Romania due to lower production costs.
Defiance is scheduled to be released on December 19, 2008.
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