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Production begins on Kursk, a war thriller from Saving Private Ryan scribe

05.08.2017

Are you excited for Christopher Nolan's history drama DUNKIRK to arrive in theaters on July 21, 2017? You are? Well then, you might be interested to know that cameras have begun rolling throughout Europe with production slated in Belgium, Norway and France on KURSK, a film inspired by the novel A Time to Die: The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy by acclaimed journalist Robert Moore. 

Written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Robert Rodat (SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, THE PATRIOT, THOR: THE DARK WORLD) directed by Oscar-nominated Thomas Vinterberg (THE HUNT), and produced by Luc Besson and Ariel Zeitoun, KURSK is inspired by the unforgettable true story of the K-141 KURSK, a Russian flagship nuclear-powered submarine that sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea in August 2000. As 23 sailors fought for survival aboard the disabled sub, their families desperately battled bureaucratic obstacles and impossible odds to find answers and save them. 

The film is set to star an internationally celebrated cast headlined by Matthias Schoenaerts (THE DANISH GIRL, RUST AND BONE), Colin Firth (KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY), Lea Seydoux (INGLORIOUS BASTERDS, SPECTRE), Peter Simonischek (TONI ERDMANN), Max Von Sydow (STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, SHUTTER ISLAND) and Michael Nyqvist (MILLENNIUM TRILOGY), among several others.

As far as war dramas go, KURSK sounds like it can make for a compelling afternoon at the theater. For me, I enjoy seeing films that star an eclectic cast of actors, and KURSK looks to have that handled with an iron grip. Be sure to keep it close for more updates at the the makes progress on its production schedule. 

While you're waiting, be sure to check out Christopher Nolan's DUNKIRK when it blasts into theaters on July 21, 2017.

Extra Tidbit: The battle of Kursk involved over 4 million people from both sides, in addition to 70,000 artillery guns, 23,000 tanks and 12,000 warplanes.
Source: EuropaCorp

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