Icon Film Distribution has announced that Sean Ellis’ World War II thriller Anthropoid starring Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan will arrive in UK cinemas Sep 9.
Written and directed by British filmmaker Sean Ellis (Metro Manilla) and starring Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders, 28 Days Later, Inception) alongside Jamie Dornan and Toby Jones, Anthropoid releases in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from Friday September 9 2016.
The film is based on the extraordinary true story of the World War II operation to assassinate Nazi commanding officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich was the Reich’s third in command after Hitler and Himmler; he was the main architect behind the Final Solution and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. Nicknamed “The Butcher of Prague,” his reign of terror and brutality prompted Czech authorities in London to hatch a top-secret mission, codenamed “Operation Anthropoid,” which would change history forever.
One of the most terrifying and thrilling stories of World War II, Anthropoid follows two soldiers from the Czech army-in-exile, Josef Gabík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan), who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941. With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city locked down under Nazi occupation, they must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, the man many saw as Adolf Hitler’s natural successor.