Friday, May 3, 2019

Evan Rachel Wood to Star in Hiroshima-Inspired ONE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES

Evan Rachel Wood to Star in Hiroshima-Inspired ONE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES
"Westworld" star Evan Rachel Wood is set to star in the biopic "One Thousand Paper Cranes", the story of Hiroshima survivor Sadako Sasaki and author Eleanor Coerr. The latter authored the worldwide bestselling children's book "Sadako and the Tousand Paper Cranes". The film will include elements from Takayuki Ishii's novel "One Thousand Paper Cranes: The Story of Sadako and the Children’s Peace Statue".

The film will chronicle Sasaki's true story. She was only 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. She later developed leukemia caused by exposure to radiation from the blast, but found strength in a Japanese legend which said that if she folded 1,000 paper cranes, she would be granted a wish.

Coerr, an aspiring journalist and young mother, discovered the girl's story and became determined to share it with the world. The Canadian-American author's subsequent children's book was published in 1977 and achieved classic status. It remains widely read. Sadako's legacy includes a statue of her holding a crane in the Hiroshima Peace Park.

Richard Raymond ("Desert Dancer") will direct from a script by Ben Bolea ("Souls of Totality"). Jim Sturgess and Shinobu Terajima have also been recently added to the cast. Iyan Bryce ("Saving Private Ryan"), Richard Raymond and Irene Yeung will produce the film.

Here is what Raymond had to say about Sasaki's story:
"It’s a story that was amplified and became a phenomenon because of the author, Eleanor Coerr. This film shows for the first time the untold truth behind these two remarkable women, and how their lives are intricately connected. I’m honored by the trust Eleanor’s family and the Hiroshima Film Council have bestowed upon me to tell this story.".


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