Branagh, Izzard, Nighy and Wilkinson to Join Tom Cruise for WWII Film "Valkyrie"

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A host of theatre veterans are set to join Tom Cruise in the upcoming World War II drama "Valkyrie."

According to Variety, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Carice Van Houten and Eddie Izzard will take part in the film, based on a true story, about a German general's attempt to assassinate Hitler. Bryan Singer directs the production, which is scheduled to begin filming in Berlin July 19. Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander co-wrote the screenplay for United Artists.

Nighy was recently seen on Broadway opposite Julianne Moore in David Hare's The Vertical Hour. Eddie Izzard, who was last seen on Broadway in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, has numerous London stage credits including the title role in the Lenny Bruce musical Lenny and David Mamet's Cryptogram.

Among Branagh's theatrical credits are the successful London production and Broadway transfer of The Play What I Wrote, which he directed, as well as David Mamet's Edmond, in which he appeared on the London Stage. Carice Van Houten has won numerous awards for her stage and television work in her native Netherlands. Tom Wilkinson, a RADA member and award-winning actor for his stage work in Ghosts and An Enemy of the People, is best known for his Academy Award-nominated work in "The Full Monty" and "In the Bedroom."

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