The day may come when we run out of true World War II stories to make movies about, but it is not this day. Like “Valkyrie” before it, “Anthropoid” dramatizes an attempt to assassinate a high-ranking Nazi — only instead of fellow Germans conspiring against Hitler, it’s exiled Czechoslovak soldiers trying to take down SS General Reinhard Heydrich, third in command of the Third Reich. Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan lead the way in Sean Ellis’ (“Metro Manila”) thriller, the first trailer for which is now available.
Set in Prague in 1942, “Anthropoid” follows Murphy and Dornan as they plot to kill Heydrich, one of the main architects of the Holocaust and leader of occupying Nazi forces in what was then Czechoslovakia. Toby Jones, Harry Llyod and Charlotte Le Bon all co-star.
“Anthropoid” will have its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, fittingly enough, as the opening-night film. Bleecker Street will then release it theatrically on August 12.