A couple of years have passed since we last heard word from the set of Netflix's adaptation of All the Light We Cannot See. Back in 2021, the streamer shared that it would be adapting Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel which, as it stands, has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and has spent over 200 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. And as of April 19, we finally have our first glimpse of the four-part limited series with a new trailer.
What is the series about?
For those unfamiliar with the 2014 novel written by American author Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See is an epic war tale set in the midst of World War II. The book follows Marie-Laure, a French teenager who is blind and Werner, a German soldier, whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Doerr's novel recounts both their stories through the eyes of the characters, beginning when they were aged six and eight in 1934, all the way through the war and up until 2014.
As for how the moving story will play out on the screen, Netflix confirmed in 2021 that Shawn Levy and Steven Knight would helm the series. If Levy's name sounds familiar, he happens to be one of the main producers behind the hit sci-fi series, Stranger Things. As for Knight? He holds his own as the screenwriter for Netflix's Peaky Blinders. So, we can rest easy knowing that Doerr's novel is in good hands.
Who has been cast?
After searching far and wide for the perfect lead, Netflix has cast blind actress and activist Aria Mia Loberti in the role of Marie-Laure Leblanc. Joining her is German actor Louis Hofmann who will play Werner Pfennig. Meanwhile, Hugh Laurie is onboard to play Etienne Leblanc, a war veteran who suffers from PTSD and the great uncle of Marie-Laure, and Mark Ruffalo is Daniel Leblanc, Marie-Laure's devoted father.
Is there a trailer?
Filming for All the Light We Cannot See took place mostly in Berlin and Hungary, with production wrapping up in the middle of 2022.
Is there a release date?
With the trailer for the limited series out in the world, we won't have to wait much longer to view All the Light We Cannot See. Netflix has confirmed that the series will debut on November 2. Not long now.