Earlier this year, Disney announced National Geographic was creating a new limited series called “A Small Light”
The powerful, eight-episode limited series tells the remarkable story of 20-something secretary Miep Gies (Bel Powley), who didn’t hesitate when her boss Otto Frank (Liev Schreiber) asked her to hide him and his family from the Nazis during World War II. For the next two years, Miep, her husband Jan (Joe Cole) and several other everyday heroes watched over the eight souls hiding in the secret annex. It was Miep who found Anne’s diary and preserved it so that she and Otto could later share it with the world.
Deadline has announced that Amira Casar (The Contractor), Billie Boulet (The Worst Witch) and Ashley Brooke (The Blacklist) have joined the cast.
Amira Casar will play Edith Frank, a proud, smart and dignified woman. Mother to Margot and Anne, she navigates motherhood with a sincere and unwavering love, but which can sometimes feel overbearing to her teenage daughters. A natural perfectionist even at times of intense pressure, Edith is always at pains to keep up appearances, doing her best to acclimatize as an immigrant in a strange and suddenly very hostile environment.
Billie Boulet portrays Anne Frank, who is funny, mischievous and, oftentimes, stubborn. She cares deeply for her family and friends, and she is honest to a fault. Anne has no filter – if she thinks something, she says it.
Ashley Brooke will be playing the part of Margot Frank, naturally timid and a rule follower, but with a kind and loving heart. Sensible and cautious, she is very concerned with how others see her, especially adults.
This series is being produced by ABC Signature in partnership with Keshet Studios, “A Small Light” will focus on the real-life story of Miep Gies, who played a critical role in hiding Anne Frank and her family. Previously announced, executive producers and writers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan (ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Council of Dads”) will serve as showrunners and executive producer Susanna Fogel (“The Flight Attendant,” “Cat Person”) will direct multiple episodes, including the pilot.
The screenwriters are Rater and Phelan. DGA award-winner and Emmy(R)-nominated Fogel will direct the pilot as well as additional episodes. Executive producers are Rater, Phelan and Fogel; Keshet Studios’ Peter Traugott; Keshet International’s Alon Shtruzman; and Keshet Media Group’s Avi Nir.
Are you looking forward to this new limited series from National Geographic?