Cannes: Jonathan Rhys Meyers to Play German Commander in 'The 12th Man'

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The WWII drama from director Harald Zwart tells the true story of Norwegian resistance hero Jan Baalsrud.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers has signed on to co-star in The 12th Man, a drama about the resistance to the Nazi occupation of Norway in World War II. The Tudors star will play German commander Kurt Stage.

The 12th Man is the story of Jan Baalsrud, a Norwegian resistance fighter, one of a dozen saboteurs trained by British intelligence to carry out a raid on an air traffic control tower in the Norwegian city of Bardufoss in 1943. The raid failed, and 11 of the 12 resistance fighters were captured and killed. Only Baalsrud escaped and survived.

Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) will direct The 12th Man from a script by Petter Skavlan (Kon-Tiki). Zwart's shingle Zwart Arbeid will produce together with Nordisk Film.

TrustNordisk is handling international sales and shopping the project to buyers in Cannes.

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