Hollywood may be short on self-explanatory titles (pfft, Gravity, what’s that about?), but a new Anthony Hopkins-starring film looks to be capitalizing on that major hole in the marketplace. Hopkins has long been signed on for Kidnapping Freddy Heineken, and he’s now set to be joined by three people who will presumably kidnap Freddy Heineken (Hopkins, naturally).
Variety reports that Jim Sturgess, Ryan Kwanten, and Sam Worthington have all signed on to join Hopkins, Dutch actor Mark van Eeuwen, and Aussie newbie Tom Cocquerel in the fact-based action-thriller. While the trio’s roles have yet to be disclosed, it’s safe money that at least one of them will play a kidnapper.
Set to be directed by Swedish helmer Daniel Alfredson (yes, the same guy who directed the last two Swedish-language films in the Girl Who Played With Fire franchise), the film comes with a script by William Brookfield, who adapted the film from Peter R. de Vries’ incredibly popular book on the subject (as Variety notes, it’s been on the top of the Netherlands bestsellers list for more than two decades).
As should be deeply, painfully obvious from its title, the film centers on the 1983 kidnapping of Freddy Heineken, yes, of that Heineken family. The Dutch beer biggie was nabbed, along with his driver Ab Doderer, and held for an eventually paid out ransom that totaled about $50 million. Sweet, right? Well, the kidnappers were caught, so Kidnapping Freddy Heineken might also do well under the title Capturing Dumb Kidnappers. Sound like a good time at the movies? Fire off a comment below and let us know what you think.
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