Zwick starts shooting of Defiance in Lithuania


    Veteran Hollywood director Edward Zwick began shooting his new film Defiance in Lithuania last week. The film is budgeted at about $50 Million (€36.6 million).

    The World War II drama tells the story of three Jewish brothers who escape from Nazi-occupied Poland into the Belarussian forest. In the woods they join up with Russian resistance fighters and attempt to build a village in order to protect themselves and others in danger.

    British film star Daniel Craig, who played James Bond in the 2006 version of Casino Royale, is cast as one of brothers. The others are played by Live Schreiber and Jamie Bell.

    Zwick and Clay Frohman wrote the screenplay based on the book by Nechama Tec.

    The shoot will last until November. The film is scheduled for release in 2008.