It’s always tricky casting the right person to take on a role that is so ingrained in the public conscious. Some near debacles – Michael Keaton as Batman, Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones instantly come to mind – turned out to be spot-on and masterful bits of fitting the most talented thespians to their respective roles, momentary public outcry to the side. The same conundrum applied to the producers behind the upcoming Netflix adaptation All the Light We Cannot See, one which it looks as if they’ve finally solved, according to our Marion Dougherty fanatics over at The Hollywood Reporter.
Aria Mia Loberti has officially been cast as the character of Marie-Laure in All the Light We Cannot See, a blind teen in occupied France during the height of World War II. The role comes to Loberti after Netflix hosted a high-publicity talent search for “blind and low vision actresses.” Loberti, who is indeed blind, is also more importantly according to word ‘round campfire a fine and talented actress, regardless of her vision or lack thereof. That’s all the credentials we need!
All the Light We Cannot See is based off of the Pulitzer-winning novel of the same name by author Anthony Doerr and follows the character of Marie-Laure, a blind teenager who strikes up a relationship with a German soldier called Werner during World War II.
“To find an actress to play the iconic Marie-Laure – a young blind woman whose greatest strength is the tenacity of her hope and the power of her voice across the airwaves during wartime – was no small challenge,” revealed director and executive producer Shawn Levy of their search. “We searched the world and reviewed thousands of auditions. We never thought our path would lead to someone who has not only never acted professionally, but never auditioned before. It was a jaw-drop moment when we first saw Aria Mia Loberti, who is both a natural performer and an advocate for disability equity and representation. I can’t wait to tell this beautiful story with her at the center.”
All the Light We Cannot See is set at Netflix as a four episode event series, with scribe Steven Knight of Peaky Blinders fame adapting the book and Levy (Stranger Things) directing the entire quartet of episodes.
This will be one to look forward to True Believers! We’ll keep everyone posted on All the Light We Cannot See as more details become known!