Hilary Swank to portray Holocaust historian

Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank will star as Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt in a film adaptation of Lipstadt’s book about her legal battle with a Holocaust denier.

The movie will be a courtroom drama based on “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” which was published in 2005.

Tom Wilkinson, a two-time Oscar nominee, will portray David Irving, a British revisionist historian who sued Lipstadt for libel after she called him a Holocaust denier in her 1993 book “Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth & Memory.” Lipstadt won the case in 2000. — jta