Sky has revealed a first look at Harvey Keitel and Jonah Hauer-King as different versions of the titular character in the highly anticipated The Tattooist of Auschwitz adaption.
The internationally best-selling novel by Heather Morris recounts the real-life meeting and lives of Holocaust survivors Lale Sokolov and Gita Furman in the midst of one of the most abhorrent events in human history. Morris met and interviewed Sokolov in 2003, resulting in the 2018 publication of his fictionalised story.
Harvey Keitel, known for his collaborations with Quentin Tarantino in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, will play the modern day Sokolov, with Yellowjacket’s Melanie Lynskey interviewing him as novice author Heather Morris.
World on Fire’s Jonah Hauer-King will portray the young Sokolov in flashback sequences, showing his deportation to Auschwitz in the midst of the Holocaust, upon which he was appointed one of the Tätowierer, or tattooists.
It is whilst permanently etching identification numbers on to his fellow prisoners’ arms that Sokolov meets his future wife, Gita Furman, played by Anna Próchniak (Warsaw 44). The two fall in love and - under the vigilant eye of SS officer Baretzk (played by Jonas Nay, Deutschland 83) - decide they must do anything to emerge out of the other side of atrocity, together.
The first look images show Hauer-King and Próchniak as Sokolov and Furman in their first meeting, as well as Harvey Keitel as the recently widowed Sokolov in his 80s, being interviewed by Morris in his Melbourne apartment.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz has no release date set, but will be available to watch on Sky Atlantic and NOW.