Russell Crowe, Rami Malek and Michael Shannon to Star in Nazi Drama ‘Nuremberg’

Oscar winners Russell Crowe and Rami Malek, as well as Oscar nominee Michael Shannon, are set to star in historical drama “Nuremberg,” Bluestone Entertainment and Walden Media announced.

Director James Vanderbilt, known for writing and producing “Zodiac” prior to his directorial debut with “Truth,” wrote the script based on the book “The Nazi and the Psychiatrist” by Jack El-Hai. The rights to the book were acquired by Bluestone Entertainment, Walden Media and Széchenyi Fund — who are also financing the film.

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The film will follow Malek as an American psychiatrist tasked to determine if Nazi prisoners are fit to stand trial for their war crimes. He finds himself in a battle of the wits with Hitler’s right-hand man, played by Crowe. Shannon will portray Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, the chief prosecutor in the Nuremburg trials.

“What an absolute honor it is to be working with such a tremendously talented group of actors. Our partners at Bluestone and Walden have been incredibly supportive, and I cannot wait to bring this amazing true story to the screen,” Vanderbilt said in a statement.

Production will commence in February in Hungary. Oscar nominees Dariusz Wolski and Eve Stewart will serve as director of photography and production designer, respectively, with Emmy winner John Papsidera in charge of casting.

The film is being produced by Richard Saperstein, William Sherak, Vanderbilt, Brad Fischer, Istvan Major and Paul Neinstein, along with production company Filmsquad. Walden’s Frank Smith, Ben Tappan, and Cher Hawrysh will serve as Executive Producers, as well as Annie Saperstein, Brooke Saperstein, Beau Turpin,Béla Hajnal and Nikolett Barabas.

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