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Zod, Davy Jones, Hamlet and Ethan Hunt line up! Group photo time for VALKYRIE!!!

Published at: Sept. 5, 2007, 1:26 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. The Daily Mail has a nice group shot of the main team from Bryan Singer's WW2 action flick VALKYRIE. And there's not a bad little article to accompany the pic that gives you a rundown on who the real people were and what their roles were in the planned assassination of Hitler (hence the big red numbers in the pic). Be sure to click on the photo to get that article! Gotta say there's a lot of geek in the picture below. Terence Stamp, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh... Hope Singer knocks this one out of the park!!



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  • Sept. 5, 2007, 1:08 a.m. CST

    FIRST!

    by Maverikfire

    KNEEL BEFORE ZOD

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 1:08 a.m. CST

    There's not a bad article?

    by Punch Man

    Huh?

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Kenneth Branagh? Geek?

    by Freddie Mercury

    Gimme a break. For what? Harry Potter? Wild Wild West? Chariots of Fire?

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 1:16 a.m. CST

    this better be interesting

    by IKnowStuff

    cause those guys look boring

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Nazi Patch Adams!

    by Zardoz

    c'mon guys, smile for the camera! you look like you're trying to assassinate Hitler or something...

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 1:26 a.m. CST

    JOHN OTTMAN'S SCORE HAS BEEN REJECTED!

    by Musicballs

    The replacement score is being written by Klaus Badelt.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Watched Branagh's Hamlet again recently...

    by TheRealSeveren

    and realized its pretty much the best movie ever made. Glad to see him in a mainstream flick again.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 1:46 a.m. CST

    hmmm

    by miyokoboom

    looks interesting...

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Looking good.

    by Midol Boy

    At least the actors are. I wonder how it ends?

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Why does everybody look so serious?

    by Kevin Bosch

    Was it something I said?

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 2:24 a.m. CST

    1-7 -- which of these is not like the other?

    by hktelemacher

    I'd like to see one of them smiling.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 2:43 a.m. CST

    "Any von smiles...and it's lampshade time!"

    by KillaKane

    The following years group photo was a portrait, well technically it was a radiograph, but dammit if those teeth were'nt smilin!

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 2:58 a.m. CST

    This weeks winning lotto numbers are...

    by thinboyslim.

    ...this week held in ascending order by some Nazi's

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 3 a.m. CST

    I was not aware Terrence Stamp was in this too

    by ImFixingtoDie

    I just came a little bit, in my pants.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 3:13 a.m. CST

    The minute TOM starts to say anything in this movie...

    by Frye777

    ...all credibility will lost for me. His voice is just..stupid, and NOT German and aristocratic enough. And the photo is cheesy as hell.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Not one, not two...

    by jerseycajun

    ...but three Pirates alums on board? (McNally, Nighy and Schofield) Was the casting director for Valkyrie hanging around on the set of "At Worlds' End" or something?

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Hear John Ottman Talk About Movie

    by pacino33

    If you go to: http://blogtalkradio.com/hostpage.aspx?show_id=38741 You can hear John Ottman interviewed from set in Berlin.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 5:16 a.m. CST

    Branagh's Last Chance?

    by Stollentroll

    This guy hasn't been in a good movie since "Henry V". His Hamlet was the most pathetic thing I've seen in years...recently he ruined "As you like it". I just hate him for raping Shakespeare over and over again.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Considering Singer hasn't even hit a double since

    by teamneedle

    The Usual Suspects.... This will probably be a beautiful film but will be lacking in emotional content and drag. That's Singer's MO anymore. O- and please don't let Ottman Cut this, he hacked up the non-action parts of Superman Returns.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Re: JOHN OTTMAN'S SCORE HAS BEEN REJECTED!

    by Lord_Soth

    Bring back Wagner then.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Ottman out, Badelt in.

    by Darkman

    Pity. And this sounded so wonderful.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Will Shia la Boof play Rommel?

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Or Hitler?

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Gilderoy Lockhart, the Limey, and . . . um, okay,

    by CreasyBear

    Davy Jones. (Not up on my Nighy roles.)

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Cruise is the new Zod

    by Bruce_the_Shark

    I see him going mano-a-mano with Brandon Routh over the skies of Metropolis. Cruise can do good villains. He was great as Lestat, his best performance ever. Kneel before Cruise. Or how about as a younger Jor-el in the flashback sequence?

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Cruise would make a great Jor-El

    by teethgnasher

    Word.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Cruise as Jor-El

    by Bruce_the_Shark

    Yes he would. He even looks like Routh a bit. I can see Cruise in the white crystaline robes . . .

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 8:03 a.m. CST

    The dwarf is the tallest one?

    by Stalin vs Predator

    Hilarious. How thick - or, shall I say, tall - are the heels in Cruise's boots?

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 8:16 a.m. CST

    #2 CHRISTIAN BERKEL was so cool...

    by TraumReiter

    in "Das Experiment" and "The Downfall". I'm glad they have a german actor among them. Can't wait to see this!

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST

    This will be good.

    by jimmy_009

    Whiner's be damned. This movie will rock your ass.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Too bad they couldn't get MORE German actors

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    And a german DIRECTOR as well. Bryan Singer is a glorified hack...but disliking Singer around here is seen as being prejudiced in some way or something.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST

    That is one HELL of a cast

    by OGREISHERE

    I will be first in line.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Singer is a great director.

    by teethgnasher

    That being said, he's still very young and can learn a lot from his mistakes. I wish that was true for most people.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:05 a.m. CST

    They all look so happy

    by torontoxic

    It's nice to see. I'm just dreading watching Tom Cruise scream long live Germany.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Berkel rocks!

    by Strabo

    Don't forget Zwartboek! <BR><BR>They should recast Cruise and get Sebastian Koch instead. <BR><BR>Oh my god, the casting on the rest of this film looks awesome. David Bamber, Cicero from Rome, as Hitler? Carice van Houten is in this too? Damn, I'm going to need to bring a spare pair of shorts to the theatre when I see this thing.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:13 a.m. CST

    "TELL EM I'M F*CKING COMING"

    by Frank Black

    I feel bad for every actor in a Terrence Stamp film because he acts them into dust and smashes their dust into the concrete. I think my wife and I showed The Limey to so many friends we had to make new friends so we could show it somre more (and Nicky Katt is pretty damn good in it too.) The lesson to this post is that Bryan Singer is overrated, Tom Cruise is a closeted homosexual, scientologist looking to take over the world, and Branagh is like Pepsi (watered down coke). I will see this movie if they can make Tom Cruise's eye patch cover his head!

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:20 a.m. CST

    HorseFace is really Class 2 occlusion

    by teethgnasher

    Class 3 (protruding chin) in favorable in Hollywood. Think Clooney. I wonder how many actors have recieved chin enhancements?

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Brian Cox for Hermann Goering

    by finky089

    Or however you spell that batard's name.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Will the film be as good as the cast?

    by finky089

    Even with Cruise, the cast sound great, but I have to wonder whether the execution (pun intended?) will be as good as the casting. I, too, would like to see tom's eyepatch cover his whole face. Or better, why not given him TWO eyepatches! No, that would be as absurd as having the shortest guy in Hollywood (this side of Vern Troyer) be the tallest one in the photo). <P> by the way, all that talk about Cruise as Jor-el SURELY must be a joke, right? I'm already disinclined to see the supposed sequel, but put Cruise in that role and I won't even rent it.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Hitler's assassination attempt mentioned in _Patton_

    by William Munny

    Apparantly Patton was worried that Hitler wouldn't be around much longer - and he would miss his opportunity to "personally shoot that paper-hanging son-of-a-bitch." From the movie: "For God's sake, get me in this fight. The only way out of the doghouse is to do something great. I gotta get back in the war! Hitler's own people tried to kill him a few days ago. First thing you know, it'll be over and. . . . I'll. . . . . .keep my mouth shut. I'll behave myself. I give you my word."

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:52 a.m. CST

    What about Duncan MacLeod?

    by Leto III

    Shouldn't he be in that picture, too?

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST

    TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET...WITH A BOMB FOR HITLER!

    by uss cygnus

    "What can I do for YOU, Adolf? Help ME help YOU!"

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Might be interesting.

    by movieman742

    But does anyone know if this is spoken in german with subtitles or in English with german accents?

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST

    They look like they all have to sneeze

    by CherryValance

    and doesn't Kenneth Branagh always look something like that? Like with the uniform and the haircut. This movie should be interesting though.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Ken already played a Nazi bastard

    by Sepulchrave

    in Conspiracy, as Reinhard Heidrich. He was great. Kevin McNally (the ARR first mate of POTC) standing left, was also in that film, as Under-secretary Martin Luther. Mr 6 was also in POTC with Bill Nighy and McNally, as Lord Cutler's kidnapper/ assassin, and wasn't that guy on the left, seated, the 'good' Nazi doctor in Unterfall?

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Also must point out another piece of great mini-casting

    by Sepulchrave

    In Harry Potter 6, Bill Nighy is playing tough and leonine new Minister for Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour. Love Bill Nighy (he was the first, best Sam Gamgee in LOTR, you know) and watch his cameo in Hot Fuzz, when he says the line "Uh, yes I can, I'm the Chief Inspector." He does this tiny, amazingly threatening thing with the skin between his eyebrows. Exquisite.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Superman Returns sucked

    by Rupee88

    He lost me there...if this gets incredibly good revies, then maybe I'll download it...otherwise, forget it.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 10:38 a.m. CST

    No Freejack Returns?

    by Sad_Lieutenant

    I thought Singer was slated to re-make Freejack after SR? Oh well. If Gary Busey were in T. Stamp's shoes, then they'd have my $8. As it stands, on opening night you'll probably find me sipping Tussin over my dog-eared laser disc of "Never Too Young to Die".

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 11:18 a.m. CST

    So, Tom Wilkinson is Hitler?

    by Klaus Herzog

    He also has a part in the movie, doesn't he? He sure would do a good job, though no one will be able to rival Bruno Ganz as Ol'Adolf in DOWNFALL. But really, that is one impressive cast and I gotta say, this is one of my most anticipated movies next year. This has the potential to be one hell of a tense film and with this story in particular, you really gotta try your best to fuck it up. I have faith in Singer and yeah, I have faith in Tom Cruise too, take that bitches. I'm guessing this will be good. Nice to see Christian Berkel as well, at least some Germans are in this flick.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Pat Benatar "Shadows of the Night," did it best.

    by Pound Sand

    Show some love : Rock and roll chick defeats Nazi's.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 11:29 a.m. CST

    I'm not a Tom Cruise basher

    by JonQuixote

    but he looks like he's playing dress-up next to real German Officers there.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Whoever said Branagh rapped Shakespeare is a douche.

    by Midol Boy

    Thou are a douche!

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 11:52 a.m. CST

    "It's been 32 minutes. We are not paying for da' pizza"

    by future help

    and have that man shot.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Accents

    by Mattyboy122

    This flick looks like it could be good, but I'm curious as to what route they'll go with the accents. Cruise is obviously American, whereas the other actors are from the UK. Will they all try German accents? Will Cruise try an English accent to fit in with the rest of the cast? Will the others try an American accent to match Cruise?

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Cruise would fit a different movie with Hitler, though.

    by Stalin vs Predator

    "They Shaved Hitler's Legs" - a sequel to the 1970s (or was it 1960s? Or maybe 1690s?) classic with the head.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 12:51 p.m. CST

    SPOILER: they all end up hanging from piano wire

    by Sepulchrave

    Hitler watches it on super 8mm.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST

    "Sign ze papaz old man"

    by Stuntcock Mike

    I can hear Cruise's accent in my head(shudder) Now if they break into Springtime for Hitler, that's a different story.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Yeah, the only problem is

    by Freakemovie

    you know how it ends. Sure, it works for every Shakespeare tragedy, but there'll be so much false hope...the ending is going to be a major downer. Obviously.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 1:37 p.m. CST

    David Schofield

    by Ray Gamma

    Why didn't you mention David Schofield? (number 6 in the picture); he's an excellent and hugely underrated actor.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 1:39 p.m. CST

    re: David Schofield

    by Ray Gamma

    I should add, he's a very well known face in the UK.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 1:55 p.m. CST

    at least tom cruise's face is not all over it!!!

    by ludmir88

    better be good!!

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Singer with another knock-out cast

    by zooch

    Assassination attempts. Explosions. Nazis. Executions. Suicides. Great ensemble cast. Chris Mcquarrie script. This could be great.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Cruise

    by Kree42

    How does Tom Cruise keep getting work? Just a terrible actor now devoured by insanity of a ufo cult.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 2:32 p.m. CST

    hitler

    by abner pepper

    I see hitler in that picture.Eddie Hitler from Bottom at no2.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Future piano wire necktie party participants.

    by Uncapie

    Shame Rommel had to go out the way he did with the poison and all. Still, he saved his family by doing so. Had he been able to get his wife and son out of Germany, he would have been a good peace negotiator to end the war. Dontiz did okay though.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Photo taken after ze humour bypass op

    by KillaKane

    kidding aside this looks like a potentially cool movie, excellent cast, Singers a Mensch, and McQuarrie's scripting is a bonus. Shame about the Ottman score being bumped in favour of Badelt (one out of two aint bad) but then again a German 'romantic' sensibility might add something to the film (Badelt and Zimmer turned a great pastiche of Mahler, Wagner and Beethoven with Invincible). I doubt he'll be dialling in a by the numbers 'Media Ventures' score like Transformers fro this, much more engaging subject matter for a composer to get there teeth into.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 4:13 p.m. CST

    The usual susects is overrated

    by dtpena

    Apt pupil is the best movie Bryan Singer has filmed. I can't get past Kevin Spacey, the day the guy said he would retire from acting was one of the happiest of my life.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 4:15 p.m. CST

    *susPects

    by dtpena

    you know what I mean..

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Singer is a hack. Cruise is a hack. Proceed.

    by Ash Talon

    X2 is proof of Singer's ability? X2 is barely a film. Paper-thin plot. No characterization other than Wolverine. Hardly any action. Ridiculous plot holes. Why it gets so much geek love is beyond me. Usual Suspects was great the first time around. Apt Pupil is damn near impossible to watch. The X-Men films are boring with no character development and serious fear of action. Superman Returns...well, I can't think of one aspect of the movie that works...not one. Not to mention that his movies always look like stage productions. As for Cruise, he does look like he's playing dress-up. Will he even attempt to try an accent? Or does he at least realize he's not capable of pulling one off? Not interested in this one bit despite the rest of the cast.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Ash

    by Kree42

    You see in order to pull off an accent he would have to be able to act ya see.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Cruise looks like

    by emeraldboy

    Stauffenberg. I have seen Cruise as stuaffenberg and picture of the real person and it is uncanny.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 6:02 p.m. CST

    cruise is in the final phase of his acting career.

    by emeraldboy

    When he was fired from paramount. he effectively ended his action career. He has three movies in production at the moment, Lion for Lambs, Valkerie and a possible Judd apatow comedy. and he had dinner with spike Lee. He has been an actor for thirty years and he has worked with some of the greatest directors of the latter half od the 20th Century. His final decade, which is this one will be his most intresting. I saw show on living and the apt comment was that he needs to stop being the crazy tom cruise cult nut job and start being Tom the actor again. Which is what he is good at and that is his job.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Spoiled by Der Untergang

    by Veraxus

    Looks like it's a little too Hollywood. The facial hair and styling is all wrong for at least half the cast in that photo. Furthermore, I don't know if I could watch a movie like this in english. It really would be much better in the original language(s). Damn shame Americans are spoiled rotten babies when it comes to "foreign language" films. I think I'll just wait for the German-financed, German-made version of this story.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Overheard at the photoshoot...

    by ElGuapo

    "Tom's character is supposed to be 6'2". How do we make look bigger?" "He's already on an apple box." "Er. OK.... Some of them can sit down. As if they're planning something. You know, like the assasination of Hitler or something.." "Stamp has piles. He'll have to stand up." "Right. Well, get him to lean forward and rest his arms on the table." "What's wrong with Branagh?" "I think Terence just farted. Again." "Well, that would explain the look on Tom's face..."

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Ottman out?

    by AlwaysThere

    Thank You Jesus

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 5:55 a.m. CST

    Corrections

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Theres some corrections required to this talkback <p> Donitz was NOT a good negatiator (we didnt need a negotiator as we were winning then) <p> Ken was with Helena Bonham Carter not Emma Thompson <p> Tom is not a Hack (Hello, Magnolia, 4th of July) <p> Singer is not a hack (Suspects, Apt Pupil, X-Men) <p>Branaghs Hamlet is possiblyl the best Shakespeak committed to film! <p> I that covers it all :)

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Great photo.

    by viola123

    I have nothing else to add at this point. Just, I like the photo.

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST

    "one of these guys just doesnt belong here"

    by FleshMachine

    guess which one.

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Branagh WAS with Emma Thompson

    by Mattyboy122

    He was only married to her, ya know...

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Why aren't there pics of Carice van Houten yet?

    by MovieMaximus

    Will she proof she's a great actress in American films as well?

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Looks good

    by Cobbio

    I love Carice van Houten. She was able to play smart, busty, blonde, and crazy sexy while also making you care deeply about her character's plight in "Black Book." Can't wait to see her in "Valkyrie".<p> Also, does anyone else think Cruise is a dead ringer for Stauffenberg? The photo in that Daily Mail article looks astonishingly like Tom. Whoa... I really hope Cruise gives the performance of a lifetime, German accent and all.<p> Overall this film looks good.

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 7:37 p.m. CST

    I Think The President *Should* Kneel Before General Zod

    by skoobyx

    If it will save lives.