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Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten Joining ‘Freddy Heineken’

Production starting in Belgium in late October

Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten have joined Anthony Hopkins in action-thriller “Kidnapping Freddy Heineken.”

Swedish director Daniel Alfredson, who helmed “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” will begin shooting in late October in Belgium, followed by lensing in Amsterdam and New Orleans.

Netherlands actor Mark van Eeuwen has also come on board. Variety reported on Sept. 17 that Australian newcomer Tom Cocquerel had joined Hopkins in the cast.

Producers are Informant Media partners Judy Cairo and Michael A. Simpson along with Howard Meltzer under the Informant Europe banner. Informant partner Eric Brenner is executive producer along with Darrel Casalino, Sam Solakyan, Grant Guthrie and Sandra Siegal.

Financing comes from Informant Media, Global Film Partners, Three Point Capital, uFilm and the National Bank of Canada. Embankment Films is handling international pre-sales and distribution.

The film chronicles the 1983 kidnapping of Dutch beer magnate Freddy Heineken and his driver Ab Doderer. The two were released after payment of a record ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders — currently equivalent to $50 million. The kidnappers were eventually caught.

The screenplay, written by U.K.-based William Brookfield (“Rough Magic”), is based on Peter R. de Vries’ book, which has been on top of the Netherlands bestsellers list for more than two decades.

Informant Media’s productions include “Crazy Heart,” “Hysteria,” “Erased” and “Stuck in Love.”

Hopkins is represented by UTA and manager Rick Nicita. Sturgess is repped by CAA. Worthington is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content. Kwanten is repped by CAA and Orly Adelson Productions.

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