There’s nothing quite like a good drama miniseries, and 2023 looks like it’s going to have an abundance of them, with Paramount+’s Fatal Attraction, BBC One’s The Gold and ITVX’s recent Nolly. Not one to be left out, Netflix is getting on the miniseries game and is bringing a host of talents with it: All the Light We Cannot See is based on the 2014 war novel by the same name, and is directed and developed by Shawn Levy, the main producer of Stranger Things. The show is set to arrive later this year and stars Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie.
Following the lives of two teenagers in the midst of The Second World War, Anthony Doerr’s novel All the Light We Cannot See released to critical acclaim and became a breakout hit, remaining on The New York Times Best Seller list for more than 200 weeks following publication. The novel and its upcoming adaptation focus on a blind French girl, Marie-Laure Leblanc, and Werner Pfennig, an intelligent young German soldier skilled in radio technology, who becomes disillusioned with the military. Their two paths cross after Marie-Laure takes refuge in Saint-Malo following the invasion and occupation of France by Nazi Germany, and Werner ends up there as part of a Wehrmacht Squad, and the two began to develop a relationship.
The Netflix adaptation will see Marie-Laure played by newcomer Aria Mia Loberti, while Werner will be portrayed by Louis Hofmann (Dark). Meanwhile, Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers, Spotlight) will star as Daniel LeBlanc, Marie-Laure’s father who works as a locksmith at the Museum of Natural History in Paris. Hugh Laurie (House, The Night Manager) plays Etienne LeBlanc, a WWI veteran suffering from PTSD, and Marie-Laure’s reclusive uncle. Lars Eidinger (White Noise) plays Sergeant Major Reinhold von Rumpel, the villainous leader of Werner’s squadron, and Andrea Deck (Homeland) plays Sandrina.
Peaky Blinders and SAS Rouge Heroes creator Steven Knight is writing the miniseries, with Levy directing all of the episodes. James Newton Howard, who worked on the scores for Pretty Woman, The Sixth Sense, The Hunger Games and The Dark Knight, will compose the show’s soundtrack. The series was filmed last year, and though a set release date has yet to be announced, it’s likely it’ll arrive in the latter half of the year.