The first trailer for “HHhH” has been released. It’s the French trailer (with French subtitles) but it looks really good! Check it out below!
The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. rights to Cedric Jimenez’s Nazi-era thriller HHhH.
David Farr, Audrey Diwan and Jimenez wrote the screenplay, which is based on Laurent Binet’s 2012 international bestseller of the same name.
Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell, Jack Reynor and Mia Wasikowska star in HHhH, which stands for “Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich,” or “Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich.” The most lethal man in Hitler’s cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich, seemed indestructible until two exiled operatives, a Slovak and a Czech, killed him and changed the course of history. HHhH follows Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubis from their dramatic escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to their fatal attack on Heydrich and their own brutal deaths in the basement of a Prague church.
Legende Films’ Alain Goldman (La Vie en Rose, The Connection) and Red Crown’s Daniel Crown are producing the film, which began shooting earlier this month in Budapest.
“Laurent Binet’s novel was an impeccable, profoundly gripping piece of historical fiction that was destined to be made into a film,” TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said. “It’s in the hands of an extraordinarily intelligent, bold group of filmmakers and actors, and we can’t wait to see it come to life.”
The deal for HHhH was negotiated by Dan Guando, Michal Podell Steinberg and James Gold for TWC. WME Global and Goldman repped the filmmakers.
Jason Clarke (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”), Jack O’Connell (“Unbroken”), Mia Wasikowska (“Maps to the Stars”) and Jack Reynor (“Glassland”) are set to topline Cedric Jimenez’s “HHHH,” a WWII-set drama depicting the meteoric rise and fall of Reinhard Heydrich in Nazi Germany.
Produced by Alain Goldman’s Legende Films (“La Vie en Rose,” “The Connection”) and Simon Istolainen’s Adama Pictures (“The Brats”), “HHHH” will star Clarke as Heydrich, the highest-ranked Nazi officer who was considered to be the mastermind of the “Final Solution” and was assassinated by two resistance paratroopers (to be played by O’Connell and Reynor) in 1942.
The two paratroopers, who were Czech and Slovak-born, had been personally chosen by Winston Churchill and President of Czechoslovakia Edvard Beneš.
Pike will play Lina Heydrich, an aristocrat who was married to Heydrich and reportedly introduced her husband to the Nazi ideology. Wasikowska, meanwhile, will star as a Czech resistance fighter.
Echo Lake Entertainment and FilmNation are backing the pic. FilmNation reps international sales outside of France and the U.S. and will start shopping the project at Cannes. WME Global is handling the US deal.
Script is based on Laurent Binet’s recent Goncourt prize-winning eponymous first novel, which was adapted by David Farr, Audrey Diwan and Jimenez.
“HHHH” marks Jimenez’s follow-up to “The Connection,” the thriller starring Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche, which was also produced by Alain Goldman’s Legende and co-written by Diwan. The Drafthouse release played at Toronto.
“‘HHHH’ is a utterly compelling story which juxtaposes two antagonist forces — the worst and the best of human nature — as did ‘The Connection’ in its depiction of Judge Michel’s heroic journey to bring down the French Connection,” Goldman told Variety. “In the first chapter, we portray Heydrich intimately and professionally, and we shed light on his darkest side; while in the second chapter, we follow the two paratroopers as they embark on a foolish yet epic mission to kill Heydrich.”
Goldman, who relocated to Los Angeles last year, said the project was meant to highlight a chapter of Nazi Germany history seldom covered in films, as well as modernize the genre thanks to the cast, script and Jimenez, a passionate up-and-coming director who proved with “The Connection” that he could provide depth and substance to complex characters.
Shooting will begin in Prague and Budapest in early August.