As his turn as Christian Grey continues to break records across the world, Jamie Dornan is ensuring he’s keeping himself busy before the next trip to the red room of pain.
In an announcement Monday, it was revealed that the Northern Irish actor is set to star alongside Cillian Murphy in Anthropoid, a World War II thriller about the real-life operation to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, the ruthless SS general who was seen as Hitler’s natural successor. The film will tell the story of two Czech soldiers who parachuted into their homeland — where Reinhard had earned himself the nickname “The Butcher of Prague” — with the daring assignment.
Oscar and BAFTA-nominated director Sean Ellis (Metro Manila, Cashback) is helming from a script penned by Ellis and Anthony Frewin (Colour Me Kubrick, A True…ish Story). The film is being produced by Leonard Glowinski (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) for 22h22, Anita Overland (co-producer Rush, The Iron Lady and The Young Victoria) and Chris Curling (The Last Station, Hannibal Rising). Krystof Mucha and David Ondricek (Lucky Man Films) are co-producers for the Czech Republic.
Anthropoid is due to start production, exclusively in Prague, in July 2015. Altitude is looking after international sales.
Before heading to the Czech capital, Dornan also will shoot Jadotville, playing U.N. commander Patrick Quinlan, who in 1961 was caught under siege in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. Netflix announced in February that it had acquired all rights to Jadotville and planned to debut it on its VOD services in 2016.