Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy Fight Nazis in ‘Anthropoid’ Trailer

Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy fight for their lives as underground operatives against the Nazis in Bleecker Street’s first trailer for the World War II thriller “Anthropoid.”

“Us being noticed gets us all shot,” Murphy’s character explains to his colleagues.

Bleecker Street recently nabbed U.S. rights to the drama from LD Entertainment during the Cannes Film Festival. The movie is based on “Operation Anthropoid,” the code name for the Czech operatives’ mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich in May of 1942.

Heydrich, the main architect behind Adolf Hitler’s Final Solution, was the Reich’s third in command behind Hitler and Heinrich Himmler. He was also the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia.

The film follows two soldiers from the Czech army-in-exile, Josef Gabčík (Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Dornan), who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December of 1941. They must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, with limited intelligence and little equipment in a city under lockdown.

“This operation will involve everyone that we have left in the resistance,” one of the characters notes in the trailer.

Sean Ellis directed from a screenplay he wrote with Anthony Frewin. The film also stars Charlotte Le Bon, Ana Geislerová, Harry Lloyd, Bill Milner and Toby Jones. Ellis, Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon produced.

“Anthropoid” will open the Karlovy Vary Film Festival on July 1. The movie hits theaters on Aug. 12.

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  1. Gregory Meinhardt says:

    Terrible trailer! I hope the movie is better; this is a story that has the best and worst in humans. English accents would have been fine as the paratroooers were trained and based out of England. Reinhard Heydrich was the highest Nazi officer assasinated during the war and a favorite of Hitler. This Czech resistance changed world opinion on the extent of Czech collaboration with the Nazis and the reason the Soviet Union didn’t want the story told. Two entire Czech villages were slaughtered and bulldozed but the people did not give up the paratroopers. I visisted the church where they shot it out with the Nazis, the bullet holes are still there.

  2. betschind says:

    Jamie Dornan is a wonderful actor and can more than hold his own against any actor working today, including Cillian Murphy. I cannot wait to see ‘Anthropoid” and think the focus needs to be on this incredible story, not the accents of the actors.

  3. Josh says:

    Wow Jamie Dornan is one of the worst actors working today how dare they put him against the great Cillian Murphy???

  4. Lou says:

    Those accents are pathetic. I can’t.

    • mm says:

      Not really, that would be a Czech accent in English. It could have been done in proper English, forgetting the nationality but I assume there are also scenes where the paratroopers deal with United Kingdom’s secret service and then the use of proper English everywhere wouldn’t make much sense either.

      • skeptik says:

        Believe me – nobody speaks like that, not even Anna Geislerová (the red-headed Czech actress in the trailer), which already played in some English language films and never sounded like this. And Toby Jones´ attempt sounds more like a parody of German accent cliché. It´s so over-acted that I fear it might unintentionally transform this very serious story into some “Allo Allo” type of comedy. I am really sad about that, since I had quite big expectations…

        Oh and there will be no scenes in the UK. According to director (who mentioned it in last year press conference at Karlovy Vary film festival), Anthropoid starts by Kubiš and Gabčík´s arrival to Prague.

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