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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Cillian, Jamie to co-star as war heroes

They're two of Ireland's most famous actors - and now they're going to appear on the big screen together.

Fifty Shades of Grey leading man Jamie Dornan will star opposite fellow Irishman and Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy in World War Two film Anthropoid.

Both will play Czech soldiers in the film, which is about the 1942 assassination attempt on Reinhard Heydrich.

Heydrich, known as The Butcher of Prague, was a high-ranking Nazi official during the war and one of the main architects of the Holocaust.

The film takes its name from the real-life Operation Anthropoid in which two Czech paratroopers who had been trained by the British attacked Heydrich's car in Nazi-occupied Prague in 1942.

Although the attack appeared initially unsuccessful, Heydrich died several days later from his injuries, which prompted the reprisal killings of thousands of civilians.

Filming is set to begin in July, with Sean Ellis directing.

"I feel incredibly proud to bring the story of Anthropoid to the big screen. In the Czech Republic, it is a story of great national pride and it's time to tell the world that story," he said.

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Before heading to Prague, Dornan will shoot the new movie Jadotville on location in Ireland and South Africa.

The 32-year-old will play UN commander Patrick Quinlan who was caught in the siege of an Irish UN battalion by 3,000 Congolese troops in 1961. Netflix has acquired the rights and will screen the film next year.

Meanwhile, it was revealed yesterday that Dornan has been offered a huge pay rise to sign on for a Fifty Shades sequel and would reportedly earn €6m for taking on the role.

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