It feels like a while since we’ve seen either Rachel Weisz or Sarah Jessica Parker headlining a movie, but fortunately it won’t be long until new vehicles starring the actresses make it to theaters. The North American rights for Weisz’s “Denial” and Parker’s “All Roads Lead To Rome” were recently acquired by Bleecker Street and Momentum Pictures, respectively.
“Denial” is an adaptation of Deborah E. Lipstadt’s 2005 book “History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier.” Weisz will portray Lipstadt, who was accused of libel when she described author and so-called “historian” David Irving as a holocaust denier. Deadline writes, “In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused; therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust happened.” “Denial” is currently in pre-production.
Parker is tackling less heavy fare in “All Roads Lead To Rome” — then again, pretty much any subject matter seems lighthearted compared to denying a genocide with millions of casualties. The “Sex and the City” star will play a single mom from New York City who journeys to Tuscany in an attempt to make amends with her daughter, a rebellious teen, and evidently a resourceful one (most teens hide out at a friend’s house after a tiff with mom, not a scenic Tuscan village).
While she’s in Italy, Parker’s character cross paths with a former flame who is now living with his elderly mother. Paz Vega (“Paulo Coelho’s Best Story”) costars. Momentum is planning a February 2016 release for the romantic comedy.