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Anthony Hopkins will play Dutch businessman Alfred “Freddy” Heineken in the new thriller Kidnapping Freddy Heineken. The grandson of the founder of the Heineken brewery and his driver were kidnapped in 1983 and released only after a ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders was paid, the largest ransom ever paid at the time.
Daniel Alfredson — who directed the original 2009 Swedish film version of The Girl Who Played With Fire and its sequel, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest — will direct from a screenplay by William Brookfield based on a book about the case by Peter R. de Vries.
The film, which begins principal photography in late October in Belgium and then moves to Amsterdam and New Orleans, is being produced by Informant Media partners Judy Cairo and Michael A. Simpson and by Howard Meltzer under the Informant Europe banner. Informant partner Eric Brenner is executive producer.
Additional executive producers include Darrel Casalino, Sam Solakyan, Grant Guthrie and Sandra Siegal. John Papsidera is a co-producer, along with Guirec van Slingelandt, who is co-producing for Netherlands-based European Film Company. Coproducing in Belgium is uFilm.
Financing is being provided by Informant Media, Global Film Partners, Three Point Capital, uFilm and the National Bank of Canada.
Embankment Films is handling international presales and distribution.
Hopkins is represented by UTA and manager Rick Nicita. Sturgess is repped by CAA. Worthington is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content. Kwanten is repped by CAA and Orly Adelson Productions. Cocquerel is represented by CAA. Alfredson is repped by WME. Brookfield is repped by UK-based United Agents. Van Eeuwen is repped by Netherlands-based Montecatini Talent Agency.
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