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UPDATED - We knew the VALKYRIE, but what of the rest?

Hey folks, Harry here... VALKYRIE - the next Bryan Singer project should be amazing. First off - Christpher McQuarrie's script about German Generals and their plot to knock off the Fuhrer is electrifying. So far, we've known about Tom Cruise and Kenneth Branagh. We heard that BLACK BOOK's Carice Van Houten was involved, that was confirmed by Variety today. Then they went on to announce the involvement of Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy and Eddie Izzard. Holy shit that's a great cast. Can't wait to see who is playing who. Singer, paired with McQuarrie on this material is fantastic. Now, if only someone will let McQuarrie direct again, I've been dying to see him do his western. I loved his WAY OF THE GUN, how about you?

Hey folks - Harry here - in the original Variety story, they didn't run who was playing, but I got an email from Michael Fleming (reporter / scooper of the gods at Variety) who provided the whole breakdown, which apparently Variety didn't have room for when he called in his story. Here it is, straight from Fleming:

Tom Cruise is playing German general Claus Von Stauffenberg, Kenneth Branagh is playing Col. Henning Von Tresckow, Tom Wilkinson is set to play Gen. Friedrich Fromm, Bill Nighy is set to play Genl. Friedrich Olbricht. Carice Van Houten plays Cruise's character's wife, Nina Von Stauffenberg, and Eddie Izzard ("The Riches") plays General Erich Fellgiebel.
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  • June 19, 2007, 1:11 a.m. CST


    by fluffybunnywhiskers


  • June 19, 2007, 1:12 a.m. CST


    by j-bot

    Way of the Gun was okay

  • June 19, 2007, 1:12 a.m. CST

    That cast sounds amazing.

    by LoneGun

    And anything by Bryan Singer is of interest.

  • June 19, 2007, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Nicky Katt

    by Darth Fabulous

    McQuarrie has got to get him on this.

  • June 19, 2007, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Bill Nighy should be the new Brian Cox.

    by MaxTheSilent

    Just put him in every movie to go into production. Anyone who doubts his mightiness should rent STILL CRAZY. It's one of the most brilliant perfomances I've ever had the pleasure to watch.

  • June 19, 2007, 1:16 a.m. CST

    sounds awesome

    by Zakari Paolon

    see subject.

  • June 19, 2007, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Bill Nighy

    by LoneGun

    He really is an awesome talent. Loved him as Blanchett's husband in NOTES ON A SCANDAL. He didn't receive the attention that the other actors did but he was just as good.

  • June 19, 2007, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Until that day.......

    by Doc_Strange

    Way of the Gun had some good moments but the casting of Ryan Phillipe took it down quite a few notches. Del Toro kicked ass though.

  • June 19, 2007, 1:21 a.m. CST


    by zillabeast

    Cake...OR DEATH?!

  • June 19, 2007, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Eddie Izzard in a WW2 movie again?

    by DerLanghaarige

    Okay, I'm one of the two or three people who like "All The Queen's Men", so what?<br> And Bill Nighy is always worth watching.

  • June 19, 2007, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Eddie Izzard = Hitler

    by jimmy_009

    Yeah, I could see that. Sounds like a sweet flick.

  • June 19, 2007, 1:27 a.m. CST

    As long as you keep Singer away from comic films.

    by Azlam Orlandu

    Then he's actually a good filmmaker.

  • June 19, 2007, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Rubiks Doob - re: Singer's devotion

    by LoneGun

    With that lineup of acting talent/star power on board, it is very hard to imagine Singer jumping ship on this one.

  • June 19, 2007, 1:40 a.m. CST

    I don't follow the comics anymore but...

    by Shermdawg

    ...I heard a rumor awhile back that Singer was gonna write his version of what he had in store for X3&4 in one of the non 616 X-books. Did this ever happen?

  • June 19, 2007, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Punching Sarah Silverman in the face

    by srh1son

    The only thing I remembered from "Way of the Gun" was the beginning. Benicio Del Toro and Ryan Phillippe are leaning against some guy's car, and the guy's girlfriend (Sarah Silverman) gets in their face, mouthing off and, after they tell him to "Shut that bitch up before I fuck start her face", talking about how her boyfriend is going to kick their asses. So, facing a beatdown, they do what anyone else would do in that situation. Punch the bitch in the face and bloody her nose. They then get their asses beat by a horrified crowd. I loved that scene but I don't even remember the rest. Have to rent it sometime again.

  • June 19, 2007, 1:57 a.m. CST


    by Ass Lesson

    He's directing THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT in October. Nice cast shaping up for that one as well. (Ryan Phillipe, Paul Dano, Keiran Culkin, Giovanni Ribisi, Channing Tatum, Jesse Eisenberg, Charlie Hummum, Ben McKenzie, etc.)

  • June 19, 2007, 2:23 a.m. CST


    by Nachokoolaid

    This sounds like Singer's best work since USUAL SUSPECTS. And I'm a big WWII nut, so that's an added bonus.

  • June 19, 2007, 2:25 a.m. CST


    by Tourist

    I really liked Way Of The Gun, even with Phillipes wild miscasting. The Standford Experiment makes for interesting fodder. Anyone know if this is a remake of Das Experiment from Oliver Hershibleberwhathefuckberger? The cast looks too young...So I guess he's just going back to the original story. Er, incident. Thing.

  • June 19, 2007, 2:26 a.m. CST

    didn't much like Way of the gun


    but this sounds interesting

  • June 19, 2007, 2:35 a.m. CST

    So it a comedy?

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    I'm confused.

  • June 19, 2007, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Surely Wilkinson is playing Hitler?

    by Primus

    What a great choice! That's a compliment by the way, I'm sure he'll pull it off brilliantly.

  • June 19, 2007, 3 a.m. CST

    If only they could get Bruno Ganz to play Hitler again

    by deanamatronix

    Nobody will EVER top that performance.

  • June 19, 2007, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Mayor of Castro Street

    by American Mythos

    I've been waiting for this one for a while. First it was 2007, then 2008, now 2009. As long as Synger is attached, it will never get off the ground. Mayor of Castro Street, with Adrian Brody attached, and Synger's boy Cyclops playing Dan White, would be great.

  • June 19, 2007, 4:40 a.m. CST


    by Ass Lesson based on the true events of the experiment as it actually unfolded back in August 0f 1971. The cast skews young because the actual participants were 18-24 years old. I've read the script. There's a really good chance this will be a really cool movie. Or a great failure.

  • June 19, 2007, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Is anyone actually going to watch this?

    by FilmCritic3000

    Cruise is putting on the best performance of his career right now with Beard. He should get a fucking Oscar for that. Oh one's buying it. And it's nice to see Sony rape the corpses of Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith (who are no doubt turning over in their graves) by handing over United Artists to an egomaniacal, vain, pompous jackass who's so deluded he can't even wake up and smell the coffee about his own personal demons or that his "religion" is a cult. Money talks and bullshit walks and the hack known as Tom Cruise is the biggest piece of bullshit in Hollywood today.

  • June 19, 2007, 5:05 a.m. CST

    Quality cast

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Colour me interested, for sure. I hope Cruise is Hitler. I can see him in a little 'tache.

  • June 19, 2007, 5:09 a.m. CST

    I know how it ends!

    by kingrobot

    They don't kill Hitler.

  • June 19, 2007, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Way Of The Gun

    by npjs55

    Harry, way of the gun was an amazing film and awesome for a first time director. Can't wait for this. Tom's in Berlin doing pre production now.

  • June 19, 2007, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Tom is OK!

    by mutombo

    Seriously. By whining about what a jackass he is youre supporting the Hollywood start system. Do you want actors or stars in your movie? If you want actors, stop whining about what a little cunt he is and just look at his performences! (Which are by no means great, good or whatsoever, but hes a very watchabale actor nonetheless!)

  • June 19, 2007, 5:54 a.m. CST

    excuse me

    by mutombo

    i meant star system and performances. Hey-- its early. But if Tom didnt do all his jibberyboo - or at least, if we didnt know about it - you would like him all the same for starring in your old favourite flicks. (Top gun! Mission Impossible! The Bartender(?)!)

  • June 19, 2007, 6:13 a.m. CST

    I thought Singer was doing Superman Returns Again

    by Yeti

    or whatever it's gonna be called. Or am I way off base?

  • June 19, 2007, 6:38 a.m. CST

    The Best Part of TWOTG was watching Sarah Silverman...

    by Sgt. Black

    ..get her heinous grill caved in. Girl don't even know how to cuss right. But, if you want to put your money on the table, be ready to for the house to take you, you filthy ho'. Definately NOT a good jewish girl. That left, and then the double haymakers Phillipe lays on her... makes me feel all warm and cozy. **Yeah, I know, some whiny feminist handholder's gonna complain that I'm a mysoginist; to that I say I have nothing but respect for women. Women, mind you. Silverman may have the plumbing, but -in my best Austin Powers' voice; "That's no woman..."

  • June 19, 2007, 6:58 a.m. CST


    by just pillow talk

    Supposedly the Cap movie will be split between WWII and the present. Which means that it'll probably take place the majority of the time now. They should just have the first movie completely during WWII and have some Invaders action.<p>This is a pretty damn solid cast though...

  • June 19, 2007, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Who remembers...

    by SteffanLongdon

    that film that Tom Cruise was supposed to a magician in either WW1 or WW2, anyone remember?

  • June 19, 2007, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Sure, give him another shot in the director's chair

    by Spandau Belly

    I don't really remember Way Of The Gun, I think it got lost in that whole wave of post-Pulp Fiction quarky crime tales. I remember Ryan Phillipe talking some funny sass and decking a chick in the first scene so it was probably a pretty good flick.<br><br>This McQuarrie guy might be another one of these Brian Helgeland types who just never get the full confidence of the studios and so their projects get pulled out from under them if they try writing AND directing themselves. After seeing the director's cut of Payback, I feel sorry for these guys.<br><br>And yeah, more cowboy movies are needed. There was an awesome resurgence of westerns in the early 1990s with Tombstone, Unforgiven, and The Quick and the Dead. I'd love to see it come back again. I'd love to see Daniel Day Lewis in a western.

  • June 19, 2007, 7:37 a.m. CST

    I like the sound of this but Izzard leaves me cold

    by Boba Fat

    I've never really got him and haven't seen one performance of his where I could get past the fact that I was watching Eddie Izzard act.

  • June 19, 2007, 7:39 a.m. CST


    by pammybabe

    Sorry man but the film project that SteffanLongdon is thinking about was to be based on the true story of the British magician Jasper Maskelyn. He was employed by the British Army to use his skills to fool the Germans. In one famous stunt, he tricked the Germans into bombing the a patch of desert instead of Alexandria harbour by using false lights and misdirection. Seems the project never got of the ground.

  • June 19, 2007, 7:41 a.m. CST

    hope izzzard is hitler

    by pipergates

    he's crazy

  • June 19, 2007, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Way of the Gun was phenomenal!

    by beastie

    I have been looking foward to McQuarrie's next project since then. </p><p> Also, I always thought he would make a good director for Preacher.

  • June 19, 2007, 7:52 a.m. CST

    you mean Bill Nighy the Science Guy-y?

    by Skankardly

    oh...that's bad

  • June 19, 2007, 8:07 a.m. CST

    MOS after Valkyrie...

    by UltimaRex

    ...and you don't need to "make" Superman cool since he already is. What Van Buren wants is a fully realistic Superman which will never happen because that would be a R/18 movie. I know because I tried it.

  • June 19, 2007, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise as Eva Braun?

    by Norseman1111

    It could work on many levels.

  • June 19, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Way of the Gun was his

    by kikuchiyoboy

    western. <br> <br> That movie was a wonderful atmospheric ride. That is one writer/director very confident of the world he created. Love to see him do a detective movie. Maybe a detective western? <br> <br> Man I love this guys characters.

  • June 19, 2007, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Chris McQuarrie

    by Cluracan

    ...should write and direct "The Punisher" 2. "Way of the Gun" was a fantastic violent gun-filled heap of ugliness that had you rooting and uncomfortable at the same time. Perfect for "The Punisher".

  • June 19, 2007, 9:13 a.m. CST

    I think Gus Van Sant has his own Harvey Milk project.

    by ImFixingtoDie

    So he might win that race. Also, I really do hope Izzard is playing Hitler. His Oscar would be guaranteed, and he'd have the good sense to give it to O'Toole.

  • June 19, 2007, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Mel Brooks as Hitler!

    by uss cygnus

    "Heil myself."

  • June 19, 2007, 10:28 a.m. CST

    If Eddie Izzard is in this I'm seeing it

    by Lovecraftfan

    Watch him in The Riches or The Cats Meow he's great.

  • June 19, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Singer's idea for SR2.........

    by liljuniorbrown

    Say's it's time to "Take Supe's into alien territory" and he definitely wants to "Go all Wrath of Khan" with the sequel. As a huge Superman fan I have to address Van Buren's comments. Superman can be protrayed as cool easily. Superman is cool. Bottom line. I see where your coming from but you have to think of it as a whole epic idea . Kal-El is an alien, he is the last son of Krypton,the heir and would be royalty of an extinct race. On Earth is is almost invincible but most of villans after him are not of Earth. I would love to see Bryan Singer's vision realized on the big screen for both X-Men and Superman. I think he is a friend to us comic geeks and if he did nothing else I thank him for making great films like Usual Suspects,the flawed but well meant and greatly acted Superman Returns,X-Men and X-men United.

  • June 19, 2007, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Way of the Gun/Zombie Movie

    by liljuniorbrown

    Awesome movie. He should direct Punisher 2 with Ryan Phillipe as Jigsaw. I agree that we need more Westerns. If any producers are interested I wrote western treatment called Ghost Town. In the story a Native American uses black magic and mystisim to bring his dead girlfriend back to life. Unfortunately she has a taste for brains and her bite turns her victims into a zombie just like her. The growing zombie threat makes it's way towards a Boom town where a hard nosed sherriff has to turn to a local gun fighter and outlaws for help before it spreads. I don't want to just throw the two genre's together,but to use all the elements of the classic western and old west themes and show how those people (both the God fearing and the outlaw) would handle a world where there friends and family were turning into cannibal monsters. It probably wouldn't work but who knows right?

  • June 19, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Bryan Singer amazing? Since when?

    by strosmer

    I have yet to see anything that makes Bryan Singer stand out as a director. Usual Suspects acclaim was due to its screenplay. X-Men 1 & 2 were fun only because it was the X-Men on screen. Superman Returns - I don't even want to go there. Like Kevin Smith, Singer is just lucky. He is not a great director.

  • June 19, 2007, 12:29 p.m. CST


    by FilmNerdJamie

    Singer's currently working on VALKYRIE & THE MAN OF STEEL concurrently. Once he finishes the former near the end of this year, he's going 100% into the SUPERMAN sequel. Filming is supposed to commence around March/April 2008 with a Summer 2009 release. THE MAYOR OF CASTRO STREET may never get made considering Gus Van Sant's revial HARVEY MILK film will probably get rolling first. While Singer is juggling VALKYRIE & THE MAN OF STEEL before he can get around to doing THE MAYOR OF CASTRO STREET.

  • June 19, 2007, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Ummm... "electrifying script"? *cough*

    by ZeGerman

    Harry, just in case you didn't know - this movie is based on REAL events. In REAL life. Outside your home, you know? Everybody who knows the events on July 20th, 1944 can see one thing pretty clear - this is the easiest job in the universe for a screenwriter! It really happened! And it really happened in the big way! As a German, I have seen around 1 gazillon WW2 movies dealing with our past and lots of (German) movies about THIS date. STAUFFENBERG, for example (starring Sebastian Koch), pretty good film. Or DIE STUNDE DER OFFIZIERE (the hour of the officers), half documentary/half movie - VERY good film! So why on earth do another one the "Hollywood way"?!? Oh, wait... yeah, it's TOM CRUISE! Maybe they change the ending!?

  • June 19, 2007, 2:49 p.m. CST

    I agree with ZeGerman. I am

    by Marnye

    I agree with ZeGerman. I am a huge Sebastian Koch fan, and I hate Tom Cruise. So yeah, why a short American playing a German man? The irony is that it will be Koch's girlfriend, Carice van Houten, who will play Stauffenberg's wife.

  • June 19, 2007, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Bryan Singer and Tom Crusie...

    by decypher44

    I'm staying FAR away from this one.

  • June 19, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST

    I'd prefer it if they left out Tom Cruise

    by BannedOnTheRun

    and all the other men and just tricked out Carice Van Houten in full-on Valkyrie gear.

  • June 19, 2007, 4 p.m. CST

    Now THIS sounds promising.

    by PwnedByStallone

    Brign this shit on!

  • June 19, 2007, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Wait wait, I thought it was 'Synger'.

    by American Mythos

    It's 'Synger' right? Or is it 'Brian' with a 'Y' like 'Bryan' and that's where I'm getting the 'Y' from? I'm confused. Yay Van Sant!

  • June 19, 2007, 4:53 p.m. CST


    by Surround Sound

    Tom Cruise as a German general?? That's about as funny as Anthony Hopkins as Don Diego de la Vega in Zorro...a British playing a Spaniard? He hacked the accent totally. Cruise's American accent will butcher any German he tries to speak while his overblown ego acting pushes all of the real actors off the screen. Tom, you almost had my respect with The Last Samurai...almost.

  • June 19, 2007, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Who plays Hitler?

    by andrew coleman

    Will it be Kevin Spacey? Singer liked him as Luther why not just give him hair and mustache. I'm only kidding I don't think he'd be very good in that role. Can they get the guy who did it in Indiana Jones 3?

  • June 19, 2007, 7:19 p.m. CST

    jet li plays hitler

    by longevitymonk


  • June 19, 2007, 7:19 p.m. CST

    TomBodet: Kenneth Branagh as Scorpio

    by scratcher

    Seriously and pathetically, my first thought when I read the headline was that they were scraping the very bottom of the Marvel barrel and making bringing "Val" to life. Hell, if they did Ghost Rider, why not? If that's the case, then they need to do that whacked out storyline with Scorpio and Nighthawk. Maybe the first comic ever where the villain took himself out due to depression? Simply brilliant.

  • June 19, 2007, 8:02 p.m. CST

    This a remake of Night of the Generals?

    by Drath

    It sounds like the same plot and all. I can't say Tom Cruise sounds like a good fit, but then I'm basing that on the premise and not on the actual character he's playing. But there have to be better actors for that part. Jude Law or Ewan McGregor come to mind. I guess there's no getting Ralph Fiennes to play another Nazi though.

  • June 19, 2007, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise is kinda short to be German...

    by The Dum Guy

    I don't the Third Reich would'a been so scary if they had an army of Tom Cruise(s). But, then again Hitler seemed like he was a little squirt, but, then again he was Austrian.

  • June 19, 2007, 9:04 p.m. CST

    I was hoping Izzard was playing Hitler.

    by Bronx Cheer

    Hell, they'll probably get cute and never show Hitler on screen. I think Cruise is a terrible choice for a period film, and for a German.

  • June 19, 2007, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Dude, Way of the Gun

    by underscore_only

    Was KICKASS. And Phillipe was surprisingly NOT miscast. Caan OWNS! The only downside is the swelling, climactic music while . . . they load up a car and drive away about twenty min. before the movie ends? What? Still, damn good flick.

  • June 19, 2007, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Superman Returns rules.

    by Bubba Gillman

    It does.

  • June 19, 2007, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Superman Returns was drab and miscalculated.

    by Bronx Cheer

    The only time it soared was at the very beginning with that thrilling sequence when Supes comes back to Earth and saves Lois. The rest of the film struggled with tone, and with a characterization of Superman that left me disappointed in him as a man. (Spare me the "he's not a man" business; you know what I mean.)

  • June 19, 2007, 9:53 p.m. CST

    And while I like the Singer "X-Men" films,

    by Bronx Cheer

    I thought "Suspects" was cloying and too clever for its own good. Great cast, though. To me, the film was an ode to performance, and I am weary of actors and theatrical artists telling us all about how great their art is. Contrast it with the showy yet dazzling "Glengarry Glen Ross" and you see what I mean.

  • June 19, 2007, 10:39 p.m. CST

    The last time Singer did a movie about Nazis

    by corvette63

    It totally blew. Anyone remember Apt Pupil?

  • June 20, 2007, 12:20 a.m. CST

    McQuarrie's Grindhouse Trailer!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    On the commentary to "Way of the Gun" McQuarrie says that he wanted to start the movie with a fake movie trailer which would have functioned as the prequel to "Way of the Gun!" Too bad Tarantino and Rodriquez didn't give McQuarrie a chance to make it happen. They stole his idea, they should have given him the honor.

  • June 20, 2007, 12:26 a.m. CST

    honestly anything izzard is in

    by luckylindy

    i'll watch....i even sat through mystery men and my super ex-girlfriend because of him. Do they have flags though?

  • June 20, 2007, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Bronx Cheer

    by Quintus_Arrius

    Glengarry Glen Ross is indeed one of my favorite movies. Of. All. Time. <P> Tour-De-Force of a film. <P> I do get what your saying about this project and the fact that it could be self-indulgent and bloated but have faith dear friend for my fellow Brits in this cast know how to... shall we say; 'Bring it'. They may not always be cast as leads but they certainly provide stellar support. There are a pick of a fine bunch. <P> I am very happy to see how this is shaping up and deeply interested to see how Mr Cruise handles this kind of character/material. <P> I think he is a good actor (though I hate his early 'smarmy' work) I for one have not written him off... yet! <P> Hail the glorious Brits and the mysterious scientific one!

  • June 20, 2007, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Quintus, I always give Cruise a chance.

    by Bronx Cheer

    But from the get-go, he's problematic in a period film. He has too many qualities of a "modern" actor to blend with a period cast and setting. BUT I have been wrong many times about many things, and I do think Singer has talent and maybe even feels a little hungry to prove himself following his last film. We might see something daring and tight from him, and the same can be said for Cruise. He does have acting chops. It's just that he is not often called upon to display them.

  • June 20, 2007, 8:12 a.m. CST


    by Cobbio

    I agree with others who've written this sounds like a good project, but that Cruise playing a German is nettling. He doesn't look, sound (even with a well-practiced accent), or imply German-ness at all. Of all the characters Cruise could play with some degree of crafted intensity, a Nazi general is NOT one of them. Even if he comes across as somewhat believable, I'm still going to be thinking to myself, "I wonder how long he had to work on that accent," not "Damn, that general is creepy!"<p> Cruise has done some great work in his career, but I think casting him in "Valkyrie" is a huge mistake. Huge.<p> Izzard playing Hitler (if that's who he's playing) works pretty well, though. He's really surprised me with his quality work in "The Riches."<p> Bryan Singer I've liked in the past, and probably will in the future. But "Superman Lifts Things" was probably the worst superhero movie I've ever seen. I was stunned by the horrible casting and creative choices, one after another after another throughout the film, so Singer will have to work extra hard to pull me into the theater for "Valkrie." Cruise as a German already sounds suspiciously Superman Lifts Things-esque, though. We'll see.

  • June 20, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Way of the Gun

    by grendel69

    Is a really good underrated movie. No one can convince me otherwise. This just sounds wierd. Tom Cruise as a Nazi general???? Should Singer be working on the Superman sequel?

  • June 25, 2007, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise? are you kidding?

    by ludmir88