By Evan Slead
Updated August 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Breaking Bad director Michelle MacLaren has been tapped by TriStar to helm the feature film adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s novel The Nightingale, EW has confirmed.

The story will be set in France on the eve of World War II as two sisters attempt to survive the German occupation of their country. Hannah’s novel, first published in 2015, became a New York Times Bestseller and has sold more than 2 million copies in the U.S.

MacLaren is directing from a screenplay by Ann Peacock (Nights in Rodanthe), with final draft edits by MacLaren and John Sayles. The director is best known for her work on AMC’s Breaking Bad, for which she won an Emmy, and HBO’s hit Game of Thrones. MacLaren was originally tapped to direct Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman, but she departed the project. Patty Jenkins is now directing the superhero film.

Variety first reported the news.

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