Peacock announced the cast for their upcoming series, The Tattooist of Auschwitz. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Heather Morris. You can expect it to premiere sometime in 2024.
In the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during World War Two, a Jewish prisoner named Lale Sokolov as he goes through his assignment of tattooing identification numbers on the forearm of other prisoners. He eventually comes across Gita while inking her prisoner number on her arm. They fall in love right away, marking the start of a brave, fascinating, and incredibly human story revealed through one man’s memory of and experience with Auschwitz-Birkenau. This series tells the real-life story of Sokolov, showing the best aspects of humanity triumphing over the worst of situations.
It stars Jonah Hauer-King (The Little Mermaid) and Anna Próchniak (Baptiste). Also, Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets) will also star as Morris, the author of the novel, and Jonas Nay will play Stefan Baretzki. Synchronicity Films produce The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Tali Shalom-Ezer serves as director. The EPs for the series include Claire Mundell and Jacquelin Perske.
In a press release from Peacock, the people involved in the series stated:
Jonah Hauer-King, comments: “It is a huge privilege to be telling Lale’s incredible story – one that he was so courageous to share. I have the utmost respect and admiration for his ability to find humanity and kindness in the most inhumane of places. These scripts heartbreakingly and vividly depict this appalling time in our history, and I feel proud to be honouring Lale and Gita’s remarkable journey.”
Anna Próchniak, adds: “Reimagining Gita Sokolov and her story for screen has been one of the greatest honours of my career so far, as well as a heartrending experience. I know this won’t be an easy story to tell, but I will treat their story with the utmost respect.”
Melanie Lynskey, adds: “After the horrors experienced at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the continuation of Lale and Gita Sokolov’s story is finding their new home, and it was years later in Australia Lale felt comfortable to share his story with New Zealand author Heather Morris. As a New Zealand storyteller in my own way, it is a privilege to be a part of the furthering of Lale’s and Gita’s heart-breaking, yet heart-warming story.”
Tali Shalom-Ezer, Director, said: “In Auschwitz, a factory of death and dehumanisation, Lale and Gita’s love story is an act of defiance. It is the choice to remain human. I’m inspired and honoured to bring this story to life, alongside the talented team of people assembled.”
Claire Mundell, Executive Producer for Synchronicity Films, adds: “Bringing Lale and Gita’s beautiful love story to the screen is a privilege and to have Jonah, Anna, Melanie, and Jonas joining us on this journey is a dream come true. We’re excited to be working with Tali and her vision for the show, and we’re grateful to Heather for trusting us with her beautiful book. I hope everyone of Heather’s 12 million plus readers will come to the show and fall in love with Lale and Gita, as we have.”
Serena Thompson, Executive Producer for Sky Studios, adds: “THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ is a powerful, affecting, and timely story. This landmark, event series will resonate with viewers the world over and we are pleased to have brought together an incredible team in Synchronicity and our talented cast – Jonah, Anna, Jonas, and Melanie – under the superb direction of Tali.”
About The Tattooist of Auschwitz TV Show
The heartrending series about bravery and love in the darkest of places, tells the powerful true-life story of Lale Sokolov, a Jewish prisoner who is given the job of tattooing identification numbers on fellow prisoners' arms in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during World War Two.
One day, he meets Gita when tattooing her prisoner number on her arm. They experience love at first sight, and so begins a courageous, unforgettable, and human story, told through one man's memory and experience of Auschwitz-Birkenau; a tale of the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.Keep track of the cancel/renew status of all your favorite shows. Check out and bookmark our TV shows cancelled in 2019-20 season and TV shows renewed for 2020-21 season lists.