Abbie Cornish, Christopher Eccleston & Tom Sweet Join Amma Asante’s ‘Where Hands Touch’

For our buck, one of the most underrated actresses working today is Aussie Abbie Cornish. While she’s turned in some fabulous performances (“Somersault,” “Bright Star” and the extremely underseen “The Girl”), Cornish hasn’t quite caught on to the next level. But she is joining the already front-loaded cast of filmmaker Amma Asante’s “Where Hands Touch.”

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Tantrum Films announced today that Cornish, Christopher Eccleston (“28 Days Later,“ ”Thor: The Dark World”) and Tom Sweet (the boy in “The Childhood of a Leader) have joined the cast of Asante’s latest, alongside the previously announced Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games,” “As You Are”) and George MacKay (“Captain Fantastic,” “Pride”).

Set in Berlin in 1944, “Where Hands Touch” follows a biracial German teenager (Stenberg) who begins a friendship with a member of the Hitler youth (MacKay). Asante wrote and is directing the project which began filming in Belgium this week.

Asante’s latest film, “A United Kingdom,” starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo (read our review), opens in the U.K. on November 25th and in the U.S. on February 17th. She is also known for the very excellent “Belle” starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and she made our list of the 100 Best Filmmakers working today. We’ll keep an eye out for “Where Hands Touch” on the festival circuit 2017.