A trailer has been released for The Zookeeper's Wife, the latest movie from acclaimed New Zealand filmmaker Niki Caro.

The biopic stars Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain as Antonina Zabinski, a renowned author whose husband was the director of Warsaw Zoo in the 1930s. When the Nazis invaded Poland at the start of World War II, the Zabinskis used empty animal cages and their large villa to hide Jewish people and animals from the occupying force.

Jessica Chastain stars as a Polish author who sheltered Jewish people and animals during World War II
Jessica Chastain stars as a Polish author who sheltered Jewish people and animals during World War II

Daniel Bruhl co-stars as Lutz Heck, a Nazi scientist hired by Hitler to resurrect extinct animals. The trailer shows him as the main antagonist, investigating the zoo and endangering the lives of the Zabinskis and their guests.

The movie is adapted from the 2007 book of the same name by Diane Ackerman.

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Kiwi director Caro rose to international prominence after directing Whale Rider in 2002, which earned Keisha Castle-Hughes an Oscar nomination. She has since directed Charlize Theron in North Country and Kevin Costner in last year's McFarland, USA.

She will next direct the first episodes of an Anne of Green Gables television adaptation being co-produced by Netflix. In August, The Hollywood Reporter listed Caro as one of three director's shortlisted to helm Marvel's first female superhero movie Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson.

The Zookeeper's Wife is set for release in March, 2017.