A significant but lesser known story from World War II is the basis for the intense new drama Anthropoid, starring Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan.
The movie is based on a daring plan to drop paratrooper assassins into Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. The project was a ten-year labor of love for director Sean Ellis.
“The more I tried to find out about it, the more stuff I uncovered,” he said. “It became like this sprawling epic part of history that not many people know.”
Ellis took extra steps toward creating real-life accuracy by filming in many of the actual locations.
“Seeing where these men died, it affects you profoundly,” Murphy said.
The film is a departure for Dornan, who's best known for starring in 50 Shades of Grey as the title character, Christian Grey.
“In a weird way, I wouldn't be anxious at all about being typecast in those kind of roles because there's not many movies about that kind of subject matter, or roles that are similar to him,” Dornan said.
He also put rumors to rest about alleged star sightings, when film crews were in Seattle this past spring.
“We still shot it all in Vancouver but they did a lot of the aerial-like helicopter stuff in Seattle, so the crew went up before we started filming,” he said. “I actually have to say I have yet to be to Seattle.”