New Reinhard Heydrich Biopic Wraps Filming, Gets New Title
June 4, 2017 will mark the 75th anniversary of the assassination of Nazi Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich in Prague, one of the turning points of WWII and one of the most significant events in Czech history.
Last year, the excellent, procedural-like Anthropoid - shot entirely on location in Prague - opened to mild acclaim and a rather lukewarm reception. It was a first-rate production, however, and deserved better.
That movie focused primarily on the assassins, Czech paratroopers trained by the RAF and dropped back into the country to carry out the assignment. Jan Kubiš and Jozef Gabčík were played by Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Cillian Murphy.
While Anthropoid was rolling out in cinemas, another Heydrich film was in the middle of production: HHhH, which has now been re-titled The Man with the Iron Heart, wrapped shooting earlier this year.
Key difference: this movie focuses primarily on Heydrich, played by Jason Clarke, and his wife, Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike.
Jack O'Connell (Unbroken) and Jack Reynor (Macbeth) star in supporting roles as the Czech assassins; Alice in Wonderland’s Mia Wasikowska also features in the cast in an unspecified role.
Adapted from Laurent Binet'’s novel HHhH, an acronym for Himmlers Hirn heißt Heydrich ("Himmler's brain is called Heydrich"), the new title for the movie seems confusing.
The Man with the Iron Heart refers to another novel about Heydrich, Harry Turtledove’s 2008 book. Turtledove, however, presents an alternate history of Operation Anthropoid - one in which Heydrich survives the attack only to lead a guerrilla war against allied forces after the death of Hitler.
Directed by Cédric Jimenez, The Man with the Iron Heart was primarily filmed in Budapest, with exterior location work done in Prague. Release date TBA.
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