Not to be confused with the Steven Spielberg film, Netflix’s Munich is lining up a cast of equal measure. THR reports Jeremy Irons and 1917 breakout George MacKay are heading up the feature adaptation of Robert Harris’ bestselling spy novel.
Munich (a title I fully expect to be changed) is a spy thriller with a vast international cast of British and German actors. Alongside Irons and MacKay are Mute actor Jannis Niehwöhner, Toni Erdmann‘s Sandra Hüller, A Hidden Life‘s August Diehl, Inglourious Basterds‘ Martin Wuttke once-again playing Hitler, plus Liv Lisa Fries (Babylon Berlin), Erin Doherty (The Crown), Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey), and Marc Limpach (Bad Banks).
As for the story, it’s “set in fall 1938 as Europe stands on the brink of World War II. As Adolf Hilter prepares to invade Czechoslovakia, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (Irons) is desperate to find a peaceful solution. British civil servant Hugh Legat (MacKay) and German diplomat Paul von Hartmann (Niehwöhner), travel to Munich for an emergency conference. As they see if war can be averted — and at what cost — the two old friends find themselves at the center of a political plot, with their own lives in danger.”
Christian Schwochow (The Crown) will direct, with Ben Power adapting Harris’ book.
MacKay has kept a low profile since 1917, only featuring in True History of the Kelly Gang which had been shot before his star took off with Sam Mendes’ Oscar-winning war movie. Irons was an Emmy nominee for his performance in HBO’s Watchmen, and will star in the upcoming rom-com Love, Weddings & Other Disasters.