The novel, detailing a forbidden love against a backdrop of post-war revenge and reconciliation, has been translated into over 25 languages and was based loosely on the experiences of Brook's grandfather in Germany.
Knightley will play Rachael Morgan, a British woman who moves to Hamburg in 1946 to be with her husband (Jason Clarke), an army colonel tasked with overseeing the rebuild of the city. She is shocked to learn that he has chosen not to expel the former owners of their newly requisitioned home, having instead decided to share the grand house with them.
Rachael is dismayed to be living with unhappy German widower Stefan and his troubled daughter, but hostility soon gives way to passion. This is the kind of role that Knightley excels in, as shown by her much-praised performances as women tormented by love in Anna Karenina and Atonement.
The Aftermath is directed by James Kent, who, like Knightley, is not a stranger to the period drama. He is relatively new to film, being best known for Testament of Youth (2014) and BBC1's The White Queen. It will mark a reunion of Knightley and Clarke, who previously played a married couple in Everest.
Alexander Skarsgård, star of recent hits Big Little Lies and The Little Drummer Girl, will play the widower Stefan Lubert, a man who both intrigues and repulses Rachael. With such an accomplished cast and a rarely-touched-upon setting, The Aftermath is off to a promising start.
|What||The Aftermath: Keira Knightley stars in wartime drama|
|Where||Various Locations | MAP|
On 01 Mar 19, 12:00 AM
|Price||£determined by cinemas|
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