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Cannes: Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell Join WWII-Set Drama ‘HHHH’ (EXCLUSIVE)
PARIS — 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.
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. (Variety)
Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell, Jack Reynor and Mia Wasikowska join the cast of The Connection helmer Cedric Jimenez’s Nazi drama HHHH. It begins shooting in August and centers on the ascension of “Reich protector” Reinhard Heydrich (Clarke), who was assassinated by resistance paratroopers (O’Connell) and (Reynor) to become the highest-ranking Nazi officer killed during World War II. Pike will play Heydrich’s wife Lina. The screenplay is based on Laurent Binet’s novel and was adapted by David Farr, Audrey Diwan and Jimenez. (Deadline)