Aria Mia Lobeti, an untrained blind student, is a part of Netflix’s epic world war drama series All the Light We Cannot See that won the streaming service hordes of praises from disability rights groups. A-listers Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie will now join her.
Adapted from Anthony Doer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the four-episode limited series will see Loberti as a blind teenager named Marie-Laure who will see herself fighting for survival in a Nazi-occupied France with a German soldier named Werner.
Set during the devastation and despair of the Second World War, the series will also focus on the brutalities and fatalities of warfare.
Ruffalo will be seen as Daniel Le-Blanc, Marie-Laure’s father, described as compassionate, clever, and wise. A doting father, he is always trying to protect his daughter while granting her the freedom she craves. As the principal locksmith at the Parisian Museum at Natural History, he must also protect the museum’s secret gem from the vicious hands of the Nazis.
Laurie will be seen as Etienne LeBlanc, a reclusive and bizarre war veteran who is suffering from severe PTSD and records radio broadcasts in secret as a part of the infamous French Resistance.
The series will be helmed by Shawn Levy, known for his brilliant work on the sets of Stranger Things and Night at the Museum franchise. Steven Knight, who is known for his acclaimed BAFTA-winning show Peaky Blinders and the immigrant thriller film Dirty Pretty Things, will be adapting the project.