HBO today dropped a teaser for The Survivor, a Barry Levinson film starring Ben Foster. The film is set to debut on the premium cabler on April 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT to express his respect to Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and will afterward be available for streaming on HBO Max.
The film is based on Alan Haft’s book, Harry Haft: Auschwitz Survivor, Rocky Marciano’s Challenger. It is based on the extraordinary actual tale of Haft (Foster), who survived not only the horrible atrocities of the camp but also the gladiatorial boxing spectacle thrust upon him by his captors. Unbeknownst to those trying to ruin him, Haft’s will to live is motivated by his desire to reunite with the woman he loves.
Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), Peter Sarsgaard (Jackie), Saro Emirze (Wilsberg), Billy Magnussen (No Time to Die), Danny DeVito (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Dar Zuzovsky (Hostages), and John Leguizamo (Latin History for Morons) all join The Survivor cast. The script is adapted by The 100’s Justine Juel Gillmer. Aaron L. Gilbert (Bombshell, Monster, The Front Runner) of BRON Studios, Jason Sosnoff (HBO’s Paterno and The Wizard of Lies) of Baltimore Pictures, Matti Leshem (The Shallows) of New Mandate Films, Scott Pardo (Hope & A Little Sugar) of Baltimore Pictures, and Levinson (Donnie Brasco, Bugsy) are in charge of the film’s production.
The film was produced by New Mandate Films and BRON Studios in association with Baltimore Pictures, Endeavor Content, USC Shoah Foundation, and Creative Wealth Media. A team at USC Shoah Foundation assisted with historical consulting and provided access to a 2007 testimony from Haft preserved in the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive.
Take a look at The Survivor trailer below.