Ben Kingsley to Play Nazi War Criminal Adolf Eichmann in ‘Operation Finale’

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MGM has cast Ben Kingsley to play Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in “Operation Finale” opposite Oscar Isaac.

Shooting will begin this fall in Argentina with Chris Weitz to direct the thriller about the capture of Eichmann, who was one of the major architects of the Holocaust. Eichmann organized the transport of Jews from countries all over Europe to concentration camps, where an estimated 6 million died.

When World War II was ending, Eichmann fled to his home country of Austria and then moved to Argentina. Eichmann was captured in Argentina in 1960 by the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service. Following a trial in Israel, he was found guilty of war crimes and hanged in 1962 at the age of 56.

Isaac has been cast as Peter Malkin, the Mossad operative who led a group of Israeli spies searching for Eichmann. He’s also producing along with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger under their Automatik company and Inspire Entertainment’s Jason Spire. Matt Charman, who wrote “Bridge of Spies,” is executive producing.

MGM launched development of the project when it acquired the script by Matthew Orton in 2015.

Kingsley starred opposite Brad Pitt in Netflix’s “War Machine” and will be seen next in “Backstabbing for Beginners.”

Berger was nominated for an Oscar for “La La Land.” The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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  1. I’m digging the talent involved, although Kingsley is pushing it regarding the age as he’s nearly a decade older! But he does have good genes and is an incredible acting talent. Isaac is also fantastic. Wonder if it’ll be an Oscar player or an also-ran.

  2. Richard says:

    Sounds interesting. But there have already been multiple films about the Eichmann capture.

    There are many aspects of the Holocaust that have never been represented by films in any way. When will we see a feature about the extermination camps Treblinka, Chelmno or Belzec for example?

    By always focusing on subjects like Eichmann or Auschwitz-Birkenau the general public gets the impression that these were the most important events, but in fact they were only small parts of a giant mass murder program.

    No film, not even “Schindler’s List”, “The Pianist” or even “Son of Saul”, has been able to give a real sense of the scale of what happened.

    I guess it’s difficult, but not impossible.

  3. Shaik.kasimvalli says:

    Good news. Benkingsly great actor sutible for.nazi criminal adolfeichmen great investigation mossadh

    • Realist says:

      “The” Holocaust…..which one ? Stalin starved 13 + million Ukranians and millions more in the Gulag constellation. Eichmann has been done many times…Werner Klemperer portrayed Eichmann in a film with that title. Why not a dirty laundry biodrama about Mao…..winner of the genocide sweepstakes at 33 million….that one hasn’t been done…..

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