A new Netflix adaptation is stirring up fan buzz thanks to its acclaimed source material.
Readers of the Pulitzer Prize–winning historical drama All The Light We Cannot See shared their excitement on social media this week after the streaming service released the first full-length trailer for the miniseries of the same name.
The show, which is directed by Shawn Levy, features Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie in major roles, along with the acclaimed German actors Louis Hofmann and Lars Eidinger.
But much of the fan buzz for the show is centered around its lead actress, Aria Mia Loberti, who is blind like the character she plays.
The miniseries marks the screen acting debut of the rising star, who won her role after wowing the show’s director and producers in a global search for blind and low-vision actresses.
Excitement: The Mark Ruffalo–starring Netflix miniseries All The Light We Cannot See has fans buzzing after it released its first full-length trailer this week
Inspiring: The WWII film was popular with fans thanks to its best-selling source novel and the cast of the blind actress Aria Mia Loberti
Once the trailer was posted to YouTube and social media, fans of the commented in droves to express their excitement.
The novel, written by American author Anthony Doerr, was a hit with critics, who applauded his lyrical writing style.
All The Light We Cannot See was also a massive commercial success, leading to dozens of reprints after the initial print run sold out.
As of late 2021, the book has sold more than 15 million copies.
It was subsequently awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as that year’s Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and it also was one of the shortlist selections vying for the National Book Award.
The novel and subsequent series follow two opposing characters, a blind French girl and a German youth who becomes a soldier due to his skill with radio technology.
The girl (Loberti) leads covert anti-Nazi broadcasts on a secret radio system with the help of her uncle (Hugh Laurie), while Ruffalo plays her father.
But as she tries to fight the Nazi occupation, the young soldier — who has been conscripted against his will — is tasked with locating the source of her broadcasts.
At odds: Loberti plays a young French girl leading anti-Nazi broadcasts during the occupation, while Louis Hofmann plays a young soldier forced to work for the Nazis because of his skill in locating covert broadcasts
Family: Hugh Laurie plays the girl’s uncle, who led his own secret broadcasts, while Ruffalo plays her father
Terrifying: Lars Eidinger plays a Nazi officer who is determined to track down Loberti’s rebellious character
‘Omg finally!! The book was so good it’s one of my favorite historical fiction novels,’ gushed one fan in response to the trailer.
Another fan gushed that ‘Another World War 2 novel that I like is being turned into a movie,’ while comparing it to the earlier adaptation of The Book Thief. ‘So elated I could CRY.’
One user expressed their excitement and called it ‘a beautiful story.’
Another fan thought the trailer made the show look ‘breathtaking’ and ‘chilling.’
A user who claimed to have won a contest to see the first episode of the series early was already impressed and urged viewers of the trailer to check out the source novel.
Another viewer wondered if the show might be even better than the novel, based on the promise of the atmospheric trailer.
Other viewers were inspired by the casting of legally blind actress Loberti, who added a sense of veracity to the miniseries.
‘All The Light We Cannot See looks like one of the better movies Netflix is putting out recently and to have a blind actress play a role of someone secretly radio broadcasting during WW2 is quite interesting,’ wrote one user on X (formerly Twitter).
Better than the book? Several fans were blown away by the trailer after already loving the source novel, which was a massive commercial success
Representation: Other people who viewed the trailer were inspired by the cast of legally blind new actress Aria Mia Loberti, which they found inspiring
One fan who was apparently legally blind was inspired to have a character like her in the show.
‘Means so much to watch a blind woman like me playing a lead in a notable series and created by authentic talent,’ they wrote.
One viewer was inspired by a behind-the-scenes video of Loberti’s casting and hoped to see more of her time working on the show.
All four episodes of All The Light We Cannot See will be released on Netflix on November 2.