The project will be her first German-language project and will be produced by Hamburg-based Akin’s Bombero International and co-produced by Paris-based Macassar Productions.
Macassar Productions is composed of Melita Toscan du Plantier and Marie-Jeanne Pascal. It’s the second feature for the young shingle, following Massan, which premiered in the Un Certain Regard competition last year and won that section’s FIPRESCI prize.
Toscan du Plantier is also the director of the Marrakech International Film Festival.
Shooting is scheduled for fall 2016 in Hamburg. The plot is currently under wraps.
The film will be the follow-up to Akin’s Why We Took the Car, which adapted Wolfgang Herrndorf’s runaway best-selling coming-of-age road-trip novel, Tschick. That film was backed by StudioCanal.
Akin began his career telling stories from his ancestral Turkey but has shifted to working in his native Germany following 2014’s The Cut.
Kruger is a German actress who has been starring in English-language films, both indies and studio films. She will star in The Infiltrator opposite Bryan Cranston to be released July 13 by Broad Green. She also has upcoming Disorder opposite Matthias Schoenaerts, which premiered last year at the Toronto Film Festival.
Her recent credits include YA adaptation The Host, Sundance film The Better Angels and Fathers and Daughters with Russell Crowe. She’s repped by UTA and UBBA.