Kenneth Branagh will star with Tom Cruise in “Valkyrie,” the Bryan Singer-directed WWII drama that shoots this summer for United Artists.
Branagh will play a German general who mentors Cruise’s character and hatches a plan to assassinate Hitler. Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander scripted, based on a true story.
Singer and McQuarrie, who will produce, brought the project to Cruise and Paula Wagner in March; Cruise committed to star shortly thereafter. Project marked the second film to which UA committed and also the second in which Cruise is starring (he also toplines the Robert Redford-directed “Lions for Lambs”).
Pic begins lensing July 19 in Berlin.
Branagh recently finished directing a “Sleuth” remake that stars Michael Caine and Jude Law and a version of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” that will premiere on HBO in September.