The Zookeeper's Wife

release date 03/31/17
November 17, 2016 at 01:12 PM EST

The first trailer for the film adaption of the best-selling novel The Zookeeper’s Wife is finally here.

Debuted exclusively with PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly, the trailer gives a glimpse at the incredible true story on which Diane Ackerman’s 2006 novel of the same name was based. Jessica Chastain stars as Antonina Żabiński, who along with her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (played by Johan Heldenbergh), ran the bustling Warsaw Zoo in 1939 Poland.

When their country is invaded by the Nazis, the couple are forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (played by Captain America: Civil War’s Daniel Brühl). Horrified by the Nazis’ agenda, Antonina and Jan secretly begin working with the resistance to smuggle Jews out of the nearby Warsaw Ghetto.

When Antonina convinces her husband to use the zoo to hide escaped Jews, she puts her life and her children’s lives at even greater risk while continuing to live under Heck’s watchful eye.

The incredible and little-known story was brought to the screen by a primarily female cast and crew. Chastain recently spoke with Variety about her commitment to working with female directors like The Zookeeper’s Wife‘s Niki Caro.

“I’ve always worked with female directors. I’m looking to work with a female filmmaker every year. That’s my goal,” she said. “They’re not given the same opportunities so if I have any influence in choosing a film or a script or finding a director, I’m absolutely going to make a difference. That doesn’t mean I’m excluding men — it means I need some balance in my life.”

The Zookeeper’s Wife hits theaters March 31.

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