Evan Rachel Wood to Star in ‘One Thousand Paper Cranes’

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Variety reported, Evan Rachel Wood has been cast to star in ‘One Thousand Paper Cranes.’

Wood is joining Jim Sturgess and Shinobu Terajima, it’s the biopic of the author Eleanor Coerr; who wrote the bestselling book “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” about the Hiroshima survivor Sadako Sasaki.

 Ben Bolea is attached to write the script with Richard Raymond as the director.

The film will tell the true story of Sasaki, who was a 2-year-old in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city in 1945. She was later diagnosed with leukemia caused by exposure to radiation from the blast. She drew strength from a Japanese legend that, if she folded 1,000 paper cranes, she would be granted a wish, which in her case was to live.

The film also incorporates elements of Takayuki Ishii’s novel “One Thousand Paper Cranes: The Story of Sadako and the Children’s Peace Statue.”