Though its title sounds vaguely sci-fi-ish, Sean Ellis’ Anthropoid is anything but fantasy, as this new trailer makes clear. With a tagline “Resistance has a code name” spelling things out pretty clearly, Anthropoid is based on the true story of a Czechoslovakian anti-facist operation during World War II. Led by the dwindling Czech resistance, the operation was a mission to assassinate Third Reich General Reinhard Heydrich, an architect of the Final Solution.
Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan costar as two soldiers from the Czechoslovakian army-in-exile who parachute into their occupied homeland at the war’s peak in December 1941. In a city under lockdown, the duo struggle to carry out the assassination. The stakes, needless to say, are high: “If we fail, I fear freedom will be wiped from the map,” one of the soldiers says in the trailer’s voiceover.
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Anthropoid also stars Charlotte Le Bon and Toby Jones, with Ellis directing from the script he cowrote with Anthony Frewin. Bleecker Street plans an August 12 theatrical release.
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