ScreenDaily - Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy are to lead cast in WWII thriller Anthropoid, about the attempted assassination of prominent Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich.
film’s title refers to the code-name for the Allied operation to
assassinate Heydrich, the head of the SS who was one of the main
architects of the Holocaust and was widely considered number three in
the Nazi ranks behind Hitler and Himmler .
was led by two soldiers (trained by British forces) from
Czechoslovakia’s army-in-exile who were parachuted into their homeland
to carry out the mission against the Nazi nicknamed “The Butcher of
Oscar and BAFTA-nominated British filmmaker Sean Ellis (Metro Manila, Cashback) will direct from a script co-written by Ellis with Anthony Frewin (Colour Me Kubrick: A True…ish Story).
Producers are Leonard Glowinski (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) for 22h22, Anita Overland (Rush) and Chris Curling (The Last Station).
Mucha and David Ondricek (Lucky Man Films) are co-producers for the
Czech Republic. Altitude Film Sales will handle international sales.
European production is due to be financed through a combination of
private equity, UK public investment, Czech financing via the tax rebate
and private equity) and pre sales with shooting due to get underway in
Prague in July 2015.
The red-hot Dornan is atop many casting lists after the huge box office success of Universal drama 50 Shades of Grey. Peaky Blinders and Inception star Murphy will next be seen in Ron Howard adventure-drama In the Heart of the Sea.
Dornan was represented by UTA and United Artists and Murphy by CAA, Lou Coulson Associates and Lisa Richards Agency.
Director Sean Ellis said: “I feel incredibly proud to bring the story of Anthropoid
to the big screen. I have been fascinated by the story for the last 14
years and find it immensely humbling to explore the bravery of the men
and women of the Czech resistance who sacrificed themselves for the
freedom of their country while dealing a blow into the heart of Nazi
Germany. In the Czech Republic, It is a story of great national pride
and it’s time to tell the world that story.”
Mike Runagall, managing director of Altitude Film Sales added: “Anthropoid
is a riveting World War II thriller that brings an incredible true
story of heroism into sharp focus. With a stellar cast and filmmaking
team, this has all the ingredients to truly resonate with audiences
The intriguing project is one of two scripts about the
assassination plot currently known to industry, with producer Alain
Goldman also gathering support for David Farr script HHhH, an adaptation of the Laurent Binet novel, which has yet to announce cast or a sales company.
Dornan is also lined up to star in Congo-set thriller The Siege of Jadotville, which is due to shoot in the spring.
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