Paul Anderson, who starred as Arthur Shelby in the hit TV Peaky blinders, becomes the next star in World War II action film Immortal.
Jalmari Helander, the Finnish filmmaker behind it Rare exports and Big game, will direct the film, which will be shot in Lapland, Finland, this September.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired the worldwide rights outside the Nordic countries and Nordisk Film has acquired the Nordic rights.
[Discontinuedin1945[1945eingestelltImmortal tells the story of the ex-soldier Aatami, played by Helander’s long-time employee Jorma Tommila, who discovers gold in the deep wilderness of Lapland. When he tries to bring his booty into the city, a squadron of Nazi soldiers under the leadership of a brutal SS officer (Paul Anderson) stands in his way and there is a fight for the gold between the individual soldier and the soldier Nazis.
Petri Jokiranta, who also produced Helander’s two previous films, is producing the film through Subzero Film Entertainment. Mike Goodridge, Gregory Ouanhon and Antonio Salas are executive producers.
The film, which will be in English and some Finnish, is supported by the Finnish Film Foundation, Business Finland – Audiovisual Production Incentive and MTV Cmore.
Paul Anderson is also known as an Oscar winner The revenant, Scott Coopers Enemies, Ron Howards In the heart of the sea and Yann Demanges ’71. He recently joined Guillermo Del Toros Nightmare Alley for Searchlight opposite Cate Blanchett, Bradley Cooper and Rooney Mara.
“It has been my dream to make an action film in Finland since I was 10 years old,” says Helander. “I’m finally in a situation where I can fulfill my dream and write an epic, action-packed survival story set in World War II.
Jalmari Helander’s first feature Rare exports (2010) was a great success and won festival prizes in Locarno, Brussels, Sitges and others. His second film, the action adventure Big game played Samuel L. Jackson, Jim Broadbent, Felicity Huffman and Ray Stevenson and sold out worldwide after the premiere at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.
Paul Anderson is represented by CAA. Helandar is represented by WME.