White savior Rachel Wood cast in story about survivor of Hiroshima atomic bombing

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One Thousand Paper Cranes is a movie about the true story of Hiroshima survivor Sadako Sasaki ( Shinobu Terajima). Her character will apparently take a back seat to then one played by Rachel Wood, Eleanor Coerr, according to the Huff Post.

The story of one thousand paper cranes is legendary. Sasaki’s condition worsened in the years after the atomic bomb drop. A high school club brought folded paper cranes to Sasaki to cheer her up. She took it to heart and set out to fold one thousand cranes as a symbol of good fortune and longevity.

What role did Eleanor Coerr play in all this? She wrote a children’s book about Sasaki’s story. Some are questioning whether bringing in Wood to play Coerr is even necesary.

According to Variety, Wood will star alongside another White actor, Jim Sturgess.

“It’s a story that was amplified and became a phenomenon because of the author, Eleanor Coerr,” said director Richard Raymond. “This film shows for the first time the untold truth behind these two remarkable women, and how their lives are intricately connected. I’m honored by the trust Eleanor’s family and the Hiroshima Film Council have bestowed upon me to tell this story.”

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