New Heydrich Assassination Film HHhH Gets First Trailer
HHhH, the second film depicting the assassination of SS Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich by Czech resistance fighters to be released in as many years, received its first poster last month. Now, just weeks before its scheduled premiere, it has a trailer.
Last week, the first footage from the film was made available via a trailer released to the public by French distributor Mars Films. The movie is set for release in France on June 7, days after the 75th anniversary of Heydrich’s assassination in Prague in 1942
While the Czech release date was initially announced on May 25, the film has been pushed back to June 8. It will open in Slovakia on June 25.
Judging by the trailer, the film has a higher budget and wider scope than Anthropoid, which focused entirely on the assassination plot led by RAF-trained Czech parachutists Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš, played by Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan, respectively.
HHhH shifts the focus to the story of Heydrich himself, nicknamed The Man with the Iron Heart and portrayed by Jason Clarke, who rises in the Nazi ranks to become one of Hitler’s top officials. Rosamund Pike stars as his wife.
Still, Gabčík and Kubiš get their own storyline, in scenes that (judging by the trailer) follow a similar path as Anthropoid, including the climactic church shootout.
The scope is also expanded to include the effects of the assassination, with scenes from the Lidice massacre also glimpsed in the trailer.
Still, it may lack the authenticity of the earlier movie, which was shot on location in Prague during 2015, in or around many of the actual locations depicted in the film.
While some exteriors for HHhH were shot in Prague, the majority of the film was shot in Budapest.