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.
Rosamund attended a photocell for “What We Did on Our Holiday” in Madrid, Spain earlier today. The movie was released in Spain on April 17 but we are glad to see Rosamund is doing some promotion work for the movie in Spain. Massive thanks to my friend Helen, who is the webmaster of Jonathan Rhys Meyers Source, for donating some of the photos.
Edit: More photos have been added thanks to Claudia, who is the webmaster of The McDonnell Rule.
Fox has put Deep Blue Goodbye, its adaptation of the John D. MacDonald mystery-adventure book series that was to have starred Christian Bale, in dry dock.
Bale, who was to have starred in the project as a freewheeling ex-soldier living on a house boat and acting as a self-proclaimed “salvage consultant,” tore his ACL just before his shoot for Paramount’s financial drama The Big Short. But the knee ligament injury will prevent him from filming Goodbye, which was to have been a far more physically intensive shoot. The climax, for example, was an intense action sequence on boats.
James Mangold was set to direct the thriller, which also had Peter Dinklage, Rosamund Pike and Nicola Peltz on board to co-star. The planned May start of production in Florida and Puerto Rico has been deep-sixed.
The fate of Goodbye is unclear. While some say the project is dead, other sources believe the movie could be postponed rather than totally scrubbed. But if it is delayed, Fox might need to find a new star. Bale remains one of the most in-demand actors in the industry, with several projects scheduled for the next year. Teaming him with Mangold and the same players will not be easy. Mangold, who directed The Wolverine for Fox, also could end up on Wolverine 3 earlier than expected for the studio.
The Deep Blue Goodbye project has been in development since the late 1990s, with Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass among those slated to direct. Leonardo DiCaprio was at one point set to star and is one of the producers. With years of development invested, Fox is not likely to bid adieu to Goodbye for good.
Sources say the studio and producers at Chernin Entertainment as well as Appian Way tried to salvage the project by quickly finding another lead. Brad Pitt was among those approached but could not do it, thus leading to the painful decision to cut bait.
Rosamund is rumored to be set to join “The Spark”.
Fresh off her critically-acclaimed portrayal as a psychopath in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl”, Rosamund Pike books a lead role in “The Spark”. Adapted from Kristine Barnett’s memoir, it centers on a mother and her relationship with her autistic son Jacob.
When Barnett was told Jacob may never be able to tie his own shoes, she knew that she had to step in and make a difference in her son’s life. Against the advice of her husband, she pulled Jacob out of special education classes and worked with him to defy the odds of Autism controlling his life. The child would grow up to become a quantum physicist before the age of 13.
According to Tracking Board, the true-story pic was initially developed by Warner Bros. under the title “Scattered Skills”, but it is now moving forward at Relativity Media. Michael Cunningham is set to write the script based on the best-selling book “The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism”.
Keep in mind this has not yet been confirmed but it does seem like a great project.
When the all-new Thunderbirds Are Go gets underway this Saturday (ITV, 5pm), fans of the original 1960s series will be delighted to see many of their favourite characters again working to avert disasters for International Rescue. One of them, British aristocrat Lady Penelope Creighton Ward, is now voiced by British actress Rosamund Pike…
“I’m trying to make her a modern girl who is very much a fun-loving, intelligent, party girl,” says Rosamund who was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year for her lead role in Hollywood blockbuster Gone Girl.
“Lady Penelope is the daughter of Lord Creighton Ward, a political figure who obviously has important standing in society. She seems to the outside world to be a flighty ‘It Girl’ but she is far from it. The more she is of the here and now, the free-er she is to go anywhere and infiltrate whatever scene she needs in order to help International Rescue.
“Her power to disarm people is essential. She has a good sense of humour, she is strong and canny and she enjoys living on the dangerous side of life. Though, of course, she also enjoys a nice cup of tea!”
Of course it wouldn’t be Lady Penelope without her trusty chauffeur Parker, who is voiced again by David Graham, the original actor from the 1960s series, who’s now 89.
‘She has a great ally in Parker, her driver and bodyguard,” explains Rosamund. “Exploring the scenes with David Graham has been an absolute delight. The scripts are very modern, very fresh and very funny. We’re all eagerly anticipating our next stint in the recording studio!”
There’s another link with the 1960s for Rosemund in an episode later in the series. Sylvia Anderson, who voiced the original puppet version of Lady Penelope, will voicing Lady Penelope’s Great Aunt Sylvia…
“The day Sylvia Anderson came into play Great Aunt Sylvia was so exciting,” Rosamund says of the wife of Gerry Anderson, who created Thunderbirds. “I think we both gave our versions of “Home Parker” just for fun! She and David Graham have wonderful stories about the early days of recording and how they battled with un-sound proofed studios. They didn’t even have a studio as far as I recall, I think they were using an old hotel or factory!”
* Thunderbirds Are Go begins on Saturday April 4, ITV, at 5pm
Last night were the Empire Awards and Rosamund won the award for Best Actress for her work in “Gone Girl”. Unfortunately Rosamund was unable to attend the show but a video message was played of her accepting the award. Two photos from the video during the show have been added to our gallery.
Poor Rosamund Pike.
Her win at last night’s Empire Awards proved to be bitter sweet as she was unable to collect her prize in person.
The 36-year-old actress received countless nominations for her portrayal of Amy Dunne in Gone Girl including at the Academy Awards, Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globes and BAFTAs, but each time walked away empty handed.
The Brit star’s luck finally changed however, when she was named best actress at the Empire Awards 2015.
Appearing via a video link show at last night’s ceremony in London, she said: ‘I cannot believe that the one time I can’t attend an award ceremony is the one time I win.
Adding: ‘I’ve become so accomplished at losing I have no idea what to say now I’ve won.’