Bleecker Street has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Sean Ellis’ World War II drama, Anthropoid from LD Entertainment. The film is based on the true story of “Operation Anthropoid,” the code name for the Czech operatives’ mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. It stars Peaky Blinders‘ Cillian Murphy and 50 Shades of Grey‘s Jamie Dornan.
It means the film goes up against the Weinstein Co.’s HHhH, about the same subject, which stars Rosamund Pike and Jack O’Connell.
Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution, was the Reich’s third in command behind Hitler and Himmler and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. Anthropoid follows two soldiers from the Czech army-in-exile, Josef Gabčík (Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Dornan), who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941. With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city under lock down, they must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, an operation that would change the face of Europe forever.
Directed by Sean Ellis (Metro Manila) from a screenplay by Ellis and Anthony Frewin, the film also stars Charlotte Le Bon, Ana Geislerová, Harry Lloyd, Bill Milner and Toby Jones. Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Sean Ellis produced.
“Sean Ellis’ film drops you right into the center of resistance in WWII and takes viewers on an emotional ride all the way through its heart-stopping finale,” said Bleeker Street chief exec Andrew Karpen. “We’re proud to partner with Mickey and Pete on this film which we feel will resonate with adult audiences this summer.”
The deal was negotiated between Kent Sanderson of Bleecker Street with Avy Eschenasy on behalf of Bleecker Street and Eric Thompson, ICM Partners, and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.From Screen Daily
Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan star in the Second World War true story about the plot to assassinate the chief architect of the Final Solution, Reinhard Heydrich.
Sean Ellis directed the LD Entertainment thriller from a screenplay he wrote with Anthony Frewin based on Operation Anthropoid, the top secret mission to kill the Reich’s third in command.
The film follows the two soldiers from the Czech army-in-exile who parachute into their occupied homeland in December 1941 in search of the Nazi.
Charlotte Le Bon, Ana Geislerová, Harry Lloyd, Bill Milner and Toby Jones round out the cast. LD Entertainment president Mickey Liddell produced with Pete Shilaimon and Ellis.
Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen said: “Sean Ellis’ film drops you right into the centre of resistance in WWII and takes viewers on an emotional ride all the way through its heart-stopping finale. We’re proud to partner with Mickey and Pete on this film which we feel will resonate with adult audiences this summer.”
“It’s not often that we see this type of heroism on screen and we’re proud to share this powerful story of sacrifice and bravery with the world,” said Liddell. “Sean Ellis is a true auteur and has been one of the best partners we’ve had the privilege of working with. We’re excited to be in business with Bleecker Street as they share our passion for this film.”
Kent Sanderson and Avy Eschenasy brokered the deal on behalf of Bleecker Street with Eric Thompson of ICM Partners and UTA Independent Film Group for the film-makers.