Kate Winslet puts on years for holocaust drama

June 21st, 2008 - 3:57 pm ICT by ANI  

Nicole Kidman

London, June 21 (ANI): Hollywood actress Kate Winslet has transformed into an old woman for her new film The Reader.

The 32-year-old star would be seen as a wizened old lady with a grey wig and a dowdy wardrobe in the holocaust drama, which is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Bernhard Schlink.

Winslet plays the role of Hanna Schmitz, a woman in post-war Germany desperately trying to hide her past as a Nazi concentration camp guard, reports the Telegraph.

In the 1950s, she begins an affair with a teenage student but disappears one day without trace. Many years later, he discovers to his horror that she is standing trial for war crimes. The film also stars Ralph Fiennes.

The Titanic star was first choice for the role but turned down the offer due to schedule clashes with film Revolutionary Road.

Director Stephen Daldry signed on Nicole Kidman for the role, who later dropped out when she became pregnant. However, the role again went onto Winslet, which she accepted.

The movie is due to release this December. (ANI)

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