Jim Sturgess & Anthony Hopkins Are 'Kidnapping Freddy Heineken'
Over two years ago, we featured a trailer for the Dutch film The Heineken Kidnapping, starring Rutger Hauer. The film told the story of Alfred "Freddy" Heineken, the grandson of the man who built the beer empire of the same name. However, rather that following his rise to success, the film chronicles a time in 1983, when Heineken, along with his driver, was kidnapped and held captive with a ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders, the largest ransom ever paid at the time. Now that story is heading to the big screen in the United States with Kidnapping Freddy Heineken, and Anthony Hopkins has taken the title role.
In addition, THR reports Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe), Sam Worthington (Avatar), Ryan Kwanten ("True Blood") and international actors Mark van Eeuwen and Tom Cocquerel, from the Netherlands and Australia respectively, also star in the film from Daniel Alfredson, director of the Swedish sequel adaptations of The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Next. This is certainly an interesting assembly of talent for a dramatic thriller like this, and we wonder if we'll see it pop up at festivals next year. The film starts shooting in late October in Belgium and then moves to Amsterdam and New Orleans. Sound good?