Cast, Story Details & Everything We Know

The Netflix adaptation of All the Light We Cannot See, based Anthony Doerr’s novel, is being given the treatment it deserves with a stellar cast that includes Mark Ruffalo — and the WW2 thriller is arriving in 2023. All the Light We Cannot See is a 2014 war novel that uses a winding and backtracking narrative to tell a story about World War II. The novel centers around the real-life Battle of Saint-Malo during the Allied recapture of France. All the Light We Cannot See weaves together themes of nature, science, and sacrifice through the eyes of an omniscient narrator that follows two colliding stories.


Among fans of the novel, anticipation for news on the All the Light We Cannot See news have been high. Doerr’s novel will soon be added to the list of adapted Pulitzer Prize-winning books after winning in 2015, and it was a New York Times Best Seller for over 200 weeks. It follows adolescents Marie-Laure Leblanc and Werner Pfennig as their paths come together. Doerr utilizes short chapters and a lyrical writing style in All the Light We Cannot See as the story skips around in time between the battle and the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner. It’s a dense, fast-moving, and beautiful novel that manages to make reality seem fantastic. All the latest All The Light We Cannot See updates so far have revealed that Netflix isn’t treating this incredibly complex story lightly, too.

All The Light We Cannot See Latest News

Mark Ruffalo looking worried and bruised head in All the Light We Cannot See

Netflix held its annual Tudum presentation and offered some All the Light We Cannot See updates with a new teaser trailer. This was a little different from the previous promo teaser, which was mostly silent other than the footage of the devastation of World War II in France and a look at the main characters suffering through this terrible time in history. The new teaser has some dialogue, with both Marie-Laure Leblanc and Werner Pfennig discussing the radio broadcast that brought them together and a glimmer of hope that darkness can never last forever. It all ended with the reminder that All The Light We Cannot See will hit Netflix in November.

Other recent All the Light We Cannot See news revealed that director Shawn Levy of Stranger Things and Deadpool 3, wrapped filming of the series in late July 2022 after over two weeks in the French village of Villefranche-de-Rouergue (as per the town’s local news). According to the translation, production designer Simon Elliott recommended the southern French city thanks to its narrow streets, large city square, and architecture reminiscent of the type that was in Saint-Malo before much of it was destroyed in the siege.

All The Light We Cannot See — Netflix Release Date Info

Daniel and Marie-Laure in All the Light We Cannot See

The newest All the Light We Cannot See updates reveal that the release date for the miniseries will be November 2, 2023. This announcement came via the trailer, which finally showed the series’ premiere date at the beginning of the footage. All the Light We Cannot See will release on Netflix. The four-part series will debut all of its episodes in one batch, so audiences can binge the miniseries as soon as it becomes available.

According to Deadline, All the Light We Cannot See updates confirmed that Netflix acquired the rights to the story in 2019. The plan is for the novel to be adapted into a four-part limited series. Considering there are four major storylines, it’s possible that each episode will cover a singular part of the novel instead of having stories overlap in an episode, as they do in the book. Levy seems to have created an award-contender here, and it remains one of the most anticipated Netflix originals coming in 2023.

All The Light We Cannot See Cast

Werner in All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See cast news revealed early on that the main cast would include Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie. Ruffalo, most well-known now for his role as the Hulk in the MCU, and Laurie, famed for his leading part on House M.D. have never appeared in a show or film together. Their parts in All the Light We Cannot See will have them playing family. Ruffalo will portray Daniel LeBlanc, Marie-Laure’s father, while Laurie plays Etienne LeBlanc, Marie-Laure’s uncle. They are of course not alone in All The Light We Cannot See’s cast though.

Aria Mia Loberti plays Marie-Laure, a blind French girl in the All the Light We Cannot See cast. Loberti herself is blind and completely new to acting. She decided to audition after hearing a casting call that matched her description (via Town & Country). The remaining announced cast members include Louis Hofmann (Jonas on Netflix’s Dark) as Werner Pfennig, Lars Eidinger (Irma Vep) as Sergeant Major Reinhold von Rumpel, and another newcomer, Nell Sutton, who will play the young version of Marie-Laure. Finally, Andrea Deck (Homeland) will play a character named Sandrina.

All The Light We Cannot See Story Details

All the Light We Cannot See book on a staircase.

With four episodes clocking in together at four hours, All the Light We Cannot See plot updates confirm that the miniseries should have enough time to cover the sprawling story of Marie-Laure and Werner. The story follows Marie-Laure and her father Daniel who live in Paris and work at the Museum of Natural History. When the Nazis invade France, Daniel and Marie-Laure flee to the house of Daniel’s uncle, Etienne, in Saint-Malo, taking a priceless artifact with them. Etienne, a veteran of WWI, deals with his PTSD by broadcasting messages across Europe over a radio, a role that could see Laurie garnering more critical acclaim for a television role.

Contemporaneously, Werner grows up in Germany studying science and tinkering with radios himself. Werner is sent to secondary school and then drafted into the Wermacht where he has to deal with the horrors of war. He is part of the army that heads to Saint-Malo to defend the fortress town from the Allied siege, and it’s there that he and Marie-Laure’s paths cross as if by fate. There are four major stories that take place over the course of All the Light We Cannot See: Werner’s story, Marie-Laure’s story, the Battle of Saint-Malo, and the aftermath. Each episode could cover a section if they aren’t split up.

All The Light We Cannot See Trailer

Burning carousel in All the Light We Cannot See

The most significant All the Light We Cannot See update in 2023 saw a teaser drop for the upcoming wartime miniseries, and its beautiful yet haunting imagery didn’t disappoint. The footage provided audiences with a first look at Ruffalo’s Daniel LeBlanc, Laurie’s Etienne LeBlanc, Louis Hofmann’s Werner, and Aria Mia Loberti’s Marie-Laure. Set to a bombastic and cinematic rendition of Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune,” the All the Light We Cannot See trailer chronicles the horrors of war through the perspective of several main characters in a series of clips, while also showing that Ruffalo’s LeBlanc will indeed flee Paris with a very important diamond.

On top of the first teaser trailer, there was another short All the Light We Cannot See trailer released during the Netflix Tudum presentation in Brazil in June. This revealed even less than the first trailer, even though this time there was some dialogue from Werner, where he said, “There was this voice I listened to on the radio. And I will never know who she is.” This led to Marie-Laure’s quotes, where she said, “Wherever in the world you are, I pray that the signal from this radio is reaching you. If you can hear me, remember,..” Finally, Marie-Laurie and Werner both say, “Darkness lasts not even for one second when you turn on the light.”

The quotes are juxtaposed with a look at the horrors of World War II as Nazi Germany destroys parts of France during its invasion. The entire basis of the story is two people living through a terrible time in history, finding each other – if only for a moment. The second teaser shows that theme masterfully.

The Creative Team Behind All The Light We Cannot See

Nazi training in All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See updates confirm the series is being produced, directed, and written by some of the top talent currently at Netflix currently. Levy, director of a number of great movies including Free Guy and The Adam Project, most recently on Netflix, was involved in the early stages of production and is directing the series. Writing for the limited series has fallen to only one writer, Steven Knight, who created, directed, and wrote Peaky Blinders for the BBC but was picked up by Netflix for streaming rights.

Additionally, the Film Music Reporter announced that James Newton Howard, composer of myriad film and television scores but most recently for the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series, will be doing the score for the series. The cast and creative team may be on the smaller side for All the Light We Cannot See compared to some larger productions, but the talents are each significant artists in each of their respective crafts.

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