The Weinstein Company has announced that it is acquiring the U.S. rights to the World War II thriller HHhH, based on Laurent Binet’s 2012 bestseller about Nazi mastermind Reinhard Heydrich.
Directed by Cédric Jimenez, HHhH stars Jason Clarke as Heydrich, “the most lethal man in Hitler’s cabinet,” who’s believed to have created the “Final Solution.” HHhH stands for “Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich,” which translates to “Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich,” and the story follows two exiled Slovak and Czech operatives, Josef Gabcik (Jack Reynor) and Jan Kubiš (Jack O’Connell), who escaped from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and managed to assassinate Heydrich.
Rosamund Pike stars as Heydrich’s aristocratic wife, Lina, who’s believed to have introduced her husband to his Nazi ideology, and Mia Wasikowska will play a Czech resistance fighter.
“Laurent Binet’s novel was an impeccable, profoundly gripping piece of historical fiction that was destined to be made into a film,” TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a release. “It’s in the hands of an extraordinarily intelligent, bold group of filmmakers and actors and we can’t wait to see it come to life.”
David Farr, Audrey Diwan, and Jimenez co-wrote the screenplay, and Légende Films’ Alain Goldman and Red Crown’s Daniel Crown are producing the film. Principal photography on HHhH began earlier this month in Budapest.