LONDON – The first image has been released from the World War II movie “Anthropoid,” which is headlined by “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy. Director Sean Ellis is shooting the film on location in the Czech Republic.
New cast members to sign up to the production include Toby Jones (“Infamous,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), Harry Lloyd (“The Theory of Everything,” “Game of Thrones”), Bill Milner (“X-Men: First Class,” “Son of Rambow”), Alena Mihulova (“Krava,” “Nevinnost”) and Sam Keeley (“Adam Jones,” “Jadotville”). They join the previously announced cast members Charlotte Le Bon (“Yves Saint Laurent,” “Bastille Day”) and Anna Geislerova (“Something Like Happiness,” “Zelary”).
The movie is set in 1941, when Czechoslovakia was occupied by Nazi forces, governed by SS General Reinhard Heydrich, nicknamed “The Butcher of Prague.” His reign of terror against the Czech resistance led Allied authorities in London to hatch a mission to assassinate him. Two soldiers from Czechoslovakia’s army-in-exile were parachuted into their homeland, and set out to hunt down Heydrich.
Ellis (“Metro Manila,” “Cashback”) is both director and cinematographer on the project, working from a script he co-wrote with Anthony Frewin (“Color Me Kubrick: A True…ish Story”).
The movie is being produced by LD Entertainment. ICM Partners packaged the film and will be handling the North American sale with UTA. Altitude Film Sales is managing international sales.