Magazine article Screen International

Hopkins, Alfredson Taken by Heineken Thriller

Magazine article Screen International

Hopkins, Alfredson Taken by Heineken Thriller

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EXCLUSIVE: Informant Media's thriller adds cast, director ahead of Cannes. Embankment to sell.

Informant Media's heist-thriller about the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken is set to star Anthony Hopkins as the kidnapped brewing magnate and will be directed by Millennium series director Daniel Alfredson.

Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar's Embankment Films has boarded sales on the project, which has been a passion project of Crazy Heart producers Judy Cairo and Michael Simpson of Informant.

The script charts the 1983 kidnapping of the Heineken president by a Dutch gang, including Willem Holleeder, considered a "godfather" of Dutch crime. After being kept in a warehouse for weeks Heineken was released for a record ransom and the kidnappers fled to different corners of the world, some spending years on the run but most eventually serving prison time.

The production, which is due to shoot in Amsterdam and Paris at the end of autumn, is understood to be lining up some impressive cast to join Hopkins on the thriller.

"Judy and Michael's development material is excellent," Embankment told Screen. …

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