Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan are taking on one of World War II’s most notorious Nazis.
Bleecker Street has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Dornan and Murphy-starring drama Anthropoid, setting a release date of Aug. 12. Based on the real-life mission known as “Operation Anthropoid,” the WWII drama follows two Czech soldiers, Josef Gabčík (Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan), as they sneak into Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in an attempt to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich.
In addition to being the Nazis’ third-in-command and leading the occupation of Czechoslovakia, Heydrich was also known as the man behind the Final Solution. In December 1941, Gabčík and Kubiš parachuted into their homeland on a top-secret mission to take down Heydrich. (The Weinstein Company also has a movie about the Heydrich assassination attempt in the works: Cédric Jimenez’s HHhH, starring Jason Clarke as Heydrich, Jack Reynor as Gabčík, and Jack O’Connell as Kubiš.)
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Metro Manila director Sean Ellis is helming Anthropoid from a screenplay he penned with Anthony Frewin. Charlotte Le Bon, Ana Geislerová, Harry Lloyd, Bill Milner, and Toby Jones also star, with Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon producing.
“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,” Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen said in a statement. “We’re proud to partner with Mickey and Pete on this film which we feel will resonate with adult audiences this summer.”