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Ben Kingsley To Play Adolf Eichmann In ‘Operation Finale’; Oscar Isaac Is Mossad Op Who Catches Notorious Nazi

Ben Kingsley Adolf Eichmann

EXCLUSIVE: Ben Kingsley is set to play Adolf Eichmann in Operation Finale, the Chris Weitz-directed MGM thriller about the hunt and capture of the notorious Nazi war criminal in Argentina in the ’60s. Oscar Isaac plays Peter Malkin, the leader of a group of Israeli spies tasked with hunting down Eichmann. The Mossad operative held a deep hatred for the Nazis after they murdered his sister and her children, and had a particular obsession for nailing Eichmann. This project all started with a spec script MGM bought from British scribe Matthew Orton in late 2015. Shooting will begin this fall in Argentina. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and La La Land‘s Fred Berger will produce under their Automatik banner alongside Isaac and Inspire Entertainment’s Jason Spire. Bridge of Spies scribe Matt Charman is executive producer.

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Eichmann organized the transport of Jews from countries all over Europe to concentration camps where millions were murdered. After the war, he fled to his home country of Austria and then moved to Argentina. The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad uncovered the whereabouts of the infamous Nazi in 1960, and teams of Mossad and Shin Bet agents staged a raid to capture the war criminal and brought him to Israel to face crimes against humanity and the Jewish people. He was sentenced to hang and was executed in 1962, unrepentant all the way to the grave. The thriller is closer to the tone of Argo than Munich in creating thriller stakes in the manhunt for one of the most diabolical war criminals of the 20th century.

Kingsley, who’ll next star in the upcoming An Ordinary Man, is repped by CAA and attorney Rick Genow.

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  1. on Jun 16, 2017 12:34 pm

    They can’t find a German actor to play Eichmann and a Jewish actor to play Mossad agent… Really?

    • on Jun 16, 2017 4:20 pm

      Please explain. Oscar Issacs is Jewish

      • Beeon Jun 17, 2017 3:40 am

        He’s Christian.

        • Ursus_Rexxon Jun 18, 2017 11:12 am

          Re: “…He’s Christian…” {Bee}

          If one looks at the history of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and a LOT of ‘religions’ one is left wondering if Hannibal Lector, (played by sir Anthony Hopkins, ‘Silence of the lambs’), shouldn’t be considered an ‘honorary’ pope, etc.!!

          MY NeoPaganism DOESN’T say I cannot kill another human!
          It DOES say I cannot injure / kill / otherwise negatively affect other humans in the name of religious belief!

    • on Jun 16, 2017 4:59 pm

      What difference does it make? So what if Kingsley isn’t white? He played a Hebrew in that wacky Ridley Scott ‘Moses’ movie that was loaded with white Egyptians. It’s just acting. I want to see Jet Li play Adolf Hitler. Color doesn’t matter!

      • Eric Andersonon Jun 17, 2017 9:31 am

        Since when isn’t he white?

        • anonon Jun 17, 2017 1:16 pm

          His birth name is Krishna Bhanji… he’s of Indian-English parentage.

    • Tomeron Jun 16, 2017 8:44 pm

      As an Israeli I can tell you that I don’t give a crap avout who plays what. What matters is who can give the best performence, that will fit the character and do her justice. Stop defending people that don’t want to be defended. We can wage are own wars.

      • irishsavanton Jun 18, 2017 2:59 pm

        “We can wage are own wars.”

        Wish you did and stopped inveigling the West into doing it for you.

    • Americanon Jun 16, 2017 9:42 pm

      What does it matter? They are ACTORS. They PRETEND for a living.

      Inconsequential details such as ethnicity or race are irrelevant.

      • Eric Andersonon Jun 17, 2017 9:30 am

        Well….RACE is pushing it a bit. How about a white actor portraying MLK? (With or without blackface.)

        I don’t think you’d go for that.

      • James McDonoughon Jun 17, 2017 1:38 pm

        Yeah right, just like they got a black guy to play the lead in all those bio’s of white guys.

    • Eric Andersonon Jun 17, 2017 9:29 am

      It’s called “acting”, numbnuts. Try to keep up.

  2. on Jun 16, 2017 1:34 pm

    Damn. This script is great and this is a boring, uninspired choice.

  3. sachaon Jun 16, 2017 3:58 pm

    Chris Evans is actually playing an *Israeli spy* in another film…so why not those two!

  4. Rish Outfieldon Jun 16, 2017 4:01 pm

    Wasn’t Eichmann the one who denied ever being a Nazi, even when presented photographs with him standing among the ranking officers?

    • Kathleen LYNCHon Jun 16, 2017 9:07 pm

      No, Eichmann never said that. He was the Nazi that said he would happily jump in his grave knowing he sent so many Jews to their deaths. Eichmann said this to his Adjutant at the end of the war.

    • Eric Andersonon Jun 17, 2017 9:31 am

      Eichmann was the quintessential “Just following orders” guy. He never denied the specifics.

  5. Andrewon Jun 16, 2017 5:52 pm

    Ben Kingsley plays every race. Even chinese for IM3!

  6. Rayboyon Jun 16, 2017 6:02 pm

    Eichmann has been portrayed in many films…..Wilhelm Klemperer even portrayed Eichmann in a film by that name. Why not a dirty laundry drama biopic of Mao…..winner of the genocide sweepstakes at 33 million ? That’s never been done…..

    • anonon Jun 17, 2017 6:41 am

      Never going to happen since China funds so many Hollywood movies.

  7. Jack Podon Jun 17, 2017 8:10 am

    Eichmann once told a journalist interviewing him for a magazine story that his only regret was the he wished that he had sent 10 million Jews to their death instead of only 6 million.

  8. Michealon Jun 17, 2017 10:39 pm

    Its worth noting that prior to his execution, Eichmann was visited by a Luthern minister. The minister met with Eichmann to offer him final confession. Not confession of his crimes, but confession of his faith in Jesus. Per the minister, if Eichmann had made such a confession, his soul would have risen to heaven and sat in the presence of G-d. His Jewish victems’ souls, on the other hand, even those who had lived decent lives, would burn in hell.

    Think about that for a moment.