In between being the Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke has been steadily building a film career for herself. Her latest is the lead role in THE WOMAN WITH RED HAIR, a World War II drama from writer Michael Schatz. The project recently landed Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter of Berlanti Productions to produce the film.
Based on a true story, the film follows Johanna “Hannie” Schaft, a young woman who joined the Dutch Resistance during WWII after being forced to drop out of college when she refused to sign an allegiance to the German occupation of the Netherlands. She went on to become an assassin for the Resistance, targeting several German soldiers.
It isn’t hard to see the appeal in a project like this, both as a war drama and as a vehicle for a strong female performance. It’s one of two female-led period films Berlanti has in development at the moment, with the other being Alice + Freda Forever, following the doomed love story of two young women in 1892.
This will be one of the first period films for Clarke, who first came to fame through her lead role as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. Since then she’s appeared in films like Terminator: Genisys and the romantic drama Me Before You. Coming up she has several projects in the horror thriller Voice from the Stone, a mysterious role in the Han Solo spinoff film co-starring Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover, and Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde where she’ll be the latest performer to take on the role of Bonnie Parker.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor