Branagh set for Singer’s ‘Valkyrie’

Actor joins Cruise in WWII drama

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.

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