N.Irish actress to play Natascha Kampusch in movie: report

Irish actress Antonia Campbell Hughes

A movie about the eight-year-long kidnap of Natascha Kampusch will star Northern Ireland-born actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes as the young Austrian, a German newspaper reported Sunday.

Campbell-Hughes, 29, who appeared in the 2009 film "Bright Star" by Jane Campion, will play Kampusch who was kidnapped aged 10 on her way to school in Vienna in 1998, Welt am Sonntag said.

As a young child, Kampusch will be played by 10-year-old Amelia Pidgeon, from London, it said.

Her kidnapper Wolfgang Priklopil, from whom she escaped eight-and-half-years later in 2006 and who killed himself the same day, will be played by Danish actor Thure Lindhardt, it said.

The shooting of the film entitled "3096" after the number of days of Kampusch's captivity, is due to begin in the southern German city of Munich in May, the paper said.

The movie is based on a draft screenplay by Bernd Eichinger who died in January 2011 and whose other works include "Downfall" about Adolf Hitler's last days.

Kampusch, who published an autobiography in 2010, was held in a small cellar underneath a garage in a Vienna suburb.