Amma Asante's (Belle) recently fulfilled one long-time dream when A United Kingdom opened this year's London Film Festival. With Where Hands Touch, a passion project she has been trying to get off the ground for many years, the writer and director is ticking another box. News arrives via The Playlist that the period drama has added Abbie Cornish (Limitless), Christopher Eccleston (Thor: The Dark World) and young star Tom Sweet (The Childhood Of A Leader) to its cast.
With a script written by Asante, Where Hands Touch is set in 1944 Berlin and charts a forbidden love affair blooming amid the dying embers of the Third Reich. Bi-racial German teenager Leyna (Amandla Stenberg) lives in constant fear for her life due to the tone of her skin. When she meets Lurtz (George MacKay), the son of a prominent SS officer and a member of Hitler Youth, the two fall helplessly in love, putting both of them in risk of their lives.
There is no word on Cornish, Sweet and Eccleston's exact roles as yet. "I have been an absolute fan of Abbie Cornish and Chris Eccleston for some time," enthuses Asante, "and I am delighted to welcome Tom Sweet to my cast."
The film is currently shooting in Belgium and should arrive in cinemas next year. A United Kingdom, meanwhile, is out in cinemas now.