Paul Anderson, who stars as Arthur Shelby in the hit TV series Peaky Blinders, becomes the next star in the WWII action movie Immortal.
Jalmari Helander, the Finnish filmmaker behind 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.
In 1945, Immortal tells the story of the former soldier Aatami, played by Helander’s long-time colleague Jorma Tommila, who discovered gold in the deep wilderness of Lapland. When he tries to bring his booty into the city, a squadron of Nazi soldiers led by a brutal SS officer (Paul Anderson) stands in his way and there is a fight for the gold between the individual soldier and the Nazis .
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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 for Oscar-winning The Revenant, Scott Coopers Hostiles, Ron Howards In The Heart Of The Sea, and Yann Demanges ’71. He recently completed Guillermo Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley for Searchlight alongside 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 film 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 starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jim Broadbent, Felicity Huffman and Ray Stevenson, sold out worldwide after its premiere at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.
Paul Anderson is represented by CAA. Helandar is represented by WME.