First Look: Full cast announced & first look at Jamie Dornan & Cillian Murphy in Sean Ellis’ World War II thriller Anthropoid - Film Updates

Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Thursday, July 30, 2015

First Look Jamie Dornan & Cillian Murphy in Sean Ellis AnthropoidThis is very good news indeed! After hearing various murmurs and snippets over the last six months we have received some confirmed information of Sean Ellis' latest feature film Anthropoid.

And it seems to be nothing like I thought it would be. After hearing about Ellis gearing up for a film called Anthropoid I must confess I thought he would be returning to the horror genre, which he delved into with his 2008 feature The Broken starring Lena Headey.

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But it seems that Sean Ellis has put another feather in his cap as he adds a completely new genre to his growing resume - as Anthropoid is actually a military thriller based on real events occurring around Operation Anthropoid a joint British and Czechoslovakian World War II initiative.

If the photo further below is anything to go by it also looks like Ellis, a renowned photographer, has found a style of working that he is happy with, as the photo shows him very hands on in a foreign country as with his mesmerising and tense 2013 Philippines based crime thriller Metro Manila.

It has been a long road to getting Anthropoid into production (14 years) which hopefully means we can expect the film to benefit from all the hallmarks we have come to know of Sean Ellis' style - a very measured, beautifully composed and meticulously planned film, enhanced with Ellis' up close and personal handheld shots.

Along with the official synopsis and release we also get our first look at Jamie Dornan as Jan Kubis and Cillian Murphy as Josef Gabcik, the two soldiers at the centre of the Anthropoid mission.

Jamie Dornan (Jan Kubis) & Cillian Murphy (Josef Gabcik) in Anthropoid
Jamie Dornan (Jan Kubis) & Cillian Murphy (Josef Gabcik) in Anthropoid (Credit: James Lisle / Courtesy of LD Entertainment) (ZOOM)

Anthropoid (2016)

Based on the true story of two Czechoslovak soldiers sent to assassinate the head of the SS in 1941. SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich was the Reich's number three and main architect for the 'Final Solution'.

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From Sean Ellis, the award-winning director of Metro Manila, Anthropoid is a thrilling true story of the extraordinary courage and heroism of two men, who against overwhelming odds, stood tall and held fast in the face of tyranny.

FULL cast for Sean Ellis’ World War II thriller ANTHROPOID announced!
Toby Jones, Harry Lloyd, Bill Milner, Alena Mihulovájoin, Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Anna Geislerová and Charlotte Le Bon to star.

Anthropoid, the codename for one of the most extraordinary stories of courage and heroism during World War II, is now shooting on location in the Czech Republic.

The project has attracted an exciting array of some of Europe’s most talented actors. New cast members to sign up to the production include Toby Jones (Infamous, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Harry Lloyd (The Theory of Everything, Game of Thrones), Bill Milner (X-Men: First Class, Son of Rambow), Alena Mihulova (Krava, Nevinnost) and Sam Keeley (Adam Jones, Jadotville).

They join Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall), Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders, Inception), Charlotte Le Bon (Yves Saint Laurent, Bastille Day) and Anna Geislerová (Something Like Happiness, Zelary).

One of the most interesting new voices in British cinema, Oscar® and BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Sean Ellis (Metro Manila, Cashback) will act as both director and cinematographer on this thrilling project from a script co-written by Ellis and Anthony Frewin (Colour Me Kubrick: A True…ish Story).

This has been a 14 year journey to get Anthropoid to the screen. I'm incredibly proud and happy to finally tell this important story about Czech resistance during World War II. - Sean Ellis

Sean Ellis on the set of Anthropoid
Sean Ellis on the set of Anthropoid (Credit: James Lisle / Courtesy of LD Entertainment) (ZOOM)

Anthropoid is being produced by LD Entertainment (Risen, The Grey).  ICM Partners packaged the film and will be handling the North American sale with UTA. Altitude Film Sales is managing international sales.

In 1941 Czechoslovakia was occupied by Nazi forces, governed by SS General Reinhard Heydrich. Nicknamed “The Butcher of Prague”, Heydrich had a meteoric rise through the SS ranks and was now second only to Himmler and Hitler in the Third Reich’s hierarchy.

His unparalleled brutality and reign of terror on the Czech resistance movement led Allied authorities in London to hatch a top-secret mission that would change history.  Trained by British forces, two soldiers from Czechoslovakia’s army-in-exile were to be parachuted into their homeland with a daring assignment: to assassinate the man many saw as Hitler’s natural successor.

Anthropoid tells the incredible story of this remarkable operation and the fate of these unsung heroes of WWII.

Anthropoid has set its sights on a 2016 release.

For more information and updates on Anthropoid keep an eye on the Altitude Films website or their twitter feed: @Altitude Films.

Sean Ellis' has an unofficial FaceBook page which is somethimes updated which can be found here:


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