Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See is being adapted into a four-part series for Netflix. Here’s everything we know about the exciting adaptation so far.
Almost four months since we first heard that Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller All The Light We Cannot See was being made into a limited series for Netflix, we finally have more of the casting details we’ve been waiting for.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has added a pair of big names to the series – Mark Ruffalo (Avengers: Endgame) and Hugh Laurie (The Night Manager).
Ruffalo will play Daniel LeBlanc, the principal locksmith at the Museum of Natural History in Paris and father to the series’ protagonist, blind teenager Marie-Laure. According to his character description, Daniel is “caring and clever” and “determined to give his blind daughter Marie as much independence as he can while also protecting her – and the secret gem they carry – from Nazi occupation”.
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Laurie, on the other hand, will play Daniel’s uncle Etienne LeBlanc – an “eccentric and reclusive WW1 hero” who is suffering from PTSD. He provides a home to Daniel and his daughter in Saint-Malo when the Nazis invade Paris – and begins recording clandestine radio broadcasts as part of the French Resistance.
This isn’t the only casting information we have for the series so far. Last month, following a worldwide search for blind and low vision actors, we heard that newcomer Aria Mia Loberti would be taking on the role of Marie-Laure.
Taking to Twitter when the news was first announced, Loberti said the novel was “very special” to her and paid tribute to the creative team’s decision to cast a blind actor to play the character.
“Not in a million years did I think anything like this would ever happen to me,” she wrote. “The creative team spearheading this project is the stuff that dreams are made of. I am massively lucky. More lucky and humbled and grateful than I can express.”
She continued: “I’m sensitive to the extent of this responsibility and what this means for blind and disabled people, blind girls in particular. A blind lead portrayed by a blind actor. It’s a significant leap forward for disability inclusion, rights and representation on screen and beyond.
“I’ll never not feel the weight of that. I’ll bear it proudly and use it as a catalyst for positive change, equity and breaking down barriers.”
While we’re yet to hear anymore about when the series might air, we do know some details about what fans of the novel can expect from the adaptation. Keep reading to check out everything we know about Netflix’s All The Light We Cannot See so far.
What is All The Light We Cannot See about?
A previous #StylistBookClub pick, Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See tells the story of two characters – a blind French teenager called Marie-Laure, and a German orphan called Werner.
Set in occupied France during WWII, the book follows the characters as they struggle to survive the devastation of the war. But one day, their parallel paths cross – a brief moment which, as Stylist’s Gemma Crisp put it, “sparks a series of events that reverberates into the next century”.
While we won’t give any more away for the time being, it’s clear that the book is something special – not only has it spent more than 200 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, but it won the Pulitzer Prize and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction in the same year.
Who stars in All The Light We Cannot See?
So far, we know that newcomer Aria Mia Loberti will play the series’ protagonist Marie-Laure alongside Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie, who will play Daniel and Etienne LeBlanc respectively.
Do we have any other details?
While information is pretty thin on the ground at the moment, we do know the series will be split into four parts and led by Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy and Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. Levy – who is said to have been developing the project “for a couple of years” – will be responsible for directing all four episodes, while Knight will lead on the writing.
We also know that it’s being produced by 21 Laps, the production company not only responsible for Stranger Things, but for the recent Netflix adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow And Bone.
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Considering how well-received Shadow And Bone was when it landed on Netflix earlier this year, it seems like the people behind 21 Laps know what they’re doing when it comes to literary adaptations.
When will All The Light We Cannot See be released?
Because the project is still in the casting stages it’ll take a while until we know when we can expect the series to land on Netflix – but we’ll update this space with the latest news as and when we get it.
In the meantime, you can check out all the exciting new Netflix series coming this month.
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