Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl are in talks to topline “Entebbe,” Working Title’s Palestinian drama about the true events surrounding Operation Entebbe and the hijacking of an Air France plane in 1976. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actors will portray two German hijackers.
In the summer of that year, an Air France plane with 258 passengers was hijacked by two members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and two members of the German Revolutionary Cells. The thriller’s title comes from the hostage-rescue mission carried out by commandos of the Israel Defense Forces at Entebbe Airport in Uganda.
The film will be directed by Jose Padilha with a script by Gregory Burke.
Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner from Working Title are producing alongside Kate Solomon. Liza Chasin serves as executive producer. At this moment Participant Media is also producing but is in negotiations to fully finance the project. Production is expected to begin in October in the U.K.
Pike, who was nominated for an Oscar for “Gone Girl,” is currently filming Scott Cooper’s “Hostile” with Christian Bale. She can be seen next in “A United Kingdom,” which follows the story of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana after he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s.
Brühl stars alongside Jessica Chastain in the upcoming Niki Caro film “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” out March 31, 2017.