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More on Cruise's Stauffenberg film

Post by valkyrie » 12 Jun 2007 16:34

From the Reel fanatic site:


"Best cast ever?

When I heard that Tom Cruise was going to star in the new Brian Singer World War II flick "Valkyrie," I just assumed he would be the only big name in the mix, the hero standing tall in a sea of nobodys. Well, I've been wrong before, and apparently it's happened again.

According to the great froggy film site Cinempire.com, a slate of British actors (and one American) that would make Harry Potter jealous is set to join the project: Bill Nighy (huzzah!), Tom Wilkinson, Kenneth Branagh, Stephen Fry and Patrick Wilson (star of "Little Children" and "Hard Candy.") Now that's what I call an A list.

The movie will be about "Operation Valkyrie," a plot hatched to assassinate Adolf Hitler during World War II.

Even more reason to get psyched is this flick will be a reunion for Singer with screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, who penned a little flick called "The Usual Suspects." Will he and co-writer Nathan Alexander come up with another winner here?

Brendon over at the Filmick blog, who seems to get his hands on everything, has seen the script and says yes:

As a whole, Valkyrie is well constructed – each scene moves the plot hurtling forward to its inevitable conclusion. It does an excellent job of building tension, particularly in the scene where Stauffenberg (Cruise's character) constructs a briefcase bomb and slides it next to Hitler and as the coup begins to take shape towards the end.

Valkyrie is right up Singer’s street and it could very well be his best film since The Usual Suspects. The script clocks in at less than 120 pages, which is rare at this point in time. Many films seem to be bloated and go way over 2 hours when there isn’t a need to. The script tells a fascinating story and it does so with intelligence, style, edge-of-your-seat-suspense and a close eye on the history books.

Definitely stay tuned to this one."

Sounds like there is some room for hope.

Colin

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Post by Fallschirmjäger » 14 Jun 2007 10:47

Thanks for this info valkyrie,sounds pretty good.

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Post by blueboyukb » 14 Jun 2007 15:17

i notice yet again a hollywood film with the hero being played by an american, and looking at that cast list, most of the rest, `the baddies`, being played by british actors!. :roll:

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Post by valkyrie » 14 Jun 2007 17:37

I expect that there will be more than Cruise on the side of the goodies. Previous July 20 films have had a cast that included a whole bunch of conspirators and 1 target - Hitler.....plus a few expendable generals for good order!

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Post by Fallschirmjäger » 14 Jun 2007 23:47

I thought they would get some german actors too in there at least maybe thery are in the smaller roles?.
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Post by valkyrie » 15 Jun 2007 03:54

Might serve to illustrate how bad Tom's accent will be - I believe that is one of the great fears.

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Post by Fallschirmjäger » 15 Jun 2007 06:51

Thats why they wont bother i think,if the do it may be funny as cant remember a movie where he has done one actualy?.

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Post by blueboyukb » 15 Jun 2007 09:22

he`ll have as authentic an accent as kevin costner in robin hood!.

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Post by tonyh » 15 Jun 2007 13:20

valkyrie wrote:Might serve to illustrate how bad Tom's accent will be - I believe that is one of the great fears.

Colin


If it's as bad as his Irish accent in "Far and Away" it'll be hilarious.


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Post by Andreas » 15 Jun 2007 15:30

valkyrie wrote:Might serve to illustrate how bad Tom's accent will be - I believe that is one of the great fears.

Colin


Why would he have any accent?

All the best

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Post by Kurz Patrone » 18 Jun 2007 10:15

I think they need to cast someone thats not a hobbit,i think someone
190cm tall would be good.

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Post by Polynikes » 23 Jun 2007 13:08

Whatever happened to his Battle of Britain movie?

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Post by Reader3000 » 23 Jun 2007 21:44

By the way, the German secretary of defence announced that they will forbid Cruise and the film crew to make-up the set at the Bendler Block in Berlin where Stauffenberg was shot in 1944.
The reason is Cruise being a member of Scientology.

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Post by Kurt_Steiner » 24 Jun 2007 14:35

Cruise starring Stauffenberg?

As I cannot say anything barely polite, I'll say: Gosh.

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Post by OllieC » 25 Jun 2007 14:25

Why not cast German actors? We saw how well they performed in Downfall, I have no problem reading subtitles, I believe it helps build the atmosphere and tension.

Do we really need a big/small actor to play the lead roll just to people will go and watch the film? I'm not sure the average Joe with no intrest in WW2 would even bother to go and see the film TBH.

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