Wednesday, January 6

Samantha Barks to star in film of musical Strike!

Les Miserables’ Samantha Barks is to  star in a new film version of the 2005 stage musical Strike!

Co-written by Danny Schur and Rick Chafe (who wrote the original musical and collaborated on the script), Strike! is set against the backdrop of the 1919 general strike in Winnipeg in Canada. Barks is to play Rebecca Almazoff, a Jewish woman who begins an illicit affair with a Catholic man as the industrial action rages.

Director Joseph Novak is plannning  aiming to start shooting this summer with  Steven Page, a founder member of Canadian group the Barenaked Ladies and actor Alan Doyle  also attached to work on the film.

Barks will also be seen in Bitter Harvest and A Hundred Streets:  both of which should be out this year.

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