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.
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.