Sir Ben Kingsley‘s has signed on for a new role, fresh from starring in James Corden‘s crosswalk version of Mary Poppins.
According to Deadline, he’ll play real-life Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Operation Finale, a thriller already starring and being produced by Star Wars and Ex Machina star Oscar Isaac.
It tells the story of a group of Israeli spies from Mossad led by Peter Malkin (Isaac), who, fifteen years after General Eichmann fled Germany in 1945, finally tracked him down in Argentina and brought him to Israel to stand trial for his crimes.
Eichmann is considered the “architect” of the Final Solution, having managed the logistics involved in the mass deportation of Jewish people to ghettos and extermination camps in German-occupied Eastern Europe during World War II.
The story of his capture has long been a source of fascination for filmmakers. No fewer than four films feature it, with Robert Duvall, Thomas Kretschmann (The Pianist, Valkyrie) and Alfred Burke (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) all playing the former Nazi, while a recent BBC TV film called The Eichmann Show starred Martin Freeman as Milton Fruchtman, the American TV producer determined to broadcast Eichmann’s trial.
Now it’s the turn of Oscar-winning Sir Ben. It’s the latest in a slew of typically diverse roles for him: currently appearing as Afghan president Hamid Karzai in Netflix’s War Machine, he’s also headed to our screens with An Ordinary Man, political thriller Backstabbing for Beginners, and Nomis alongside Superman‘s Henry Cavill, not to mention lending his voice to General Woundwort in an upcoming adaptation of Watership Down.
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