Daniel Bruhl kicks off German soccer film

Story of English teacher who introduced football to Germany

COLOGNE, Germany – Daniel Bruhl is set to star in a soccer-themed period film about the man who brought the beautiful game to Germany.

The "Inglourious Basterds" star will play teacher Konrad Koch in "Der Ganz Grosse Traum des Konrad Koch," the debut feature from director Sebastian Grobler.

Loosely based on real events, the film is a "Dead Poet's Society" style tale of an English teacher who takes up a position at a strict, German school in 1874. The unorthodox Koch captures his pupils' imagination by teaching them the strange English game of "football."

English fans probably rue that day. In its World Cup match with England last week, the German team soundly defeated soccer's mother country 4-1.

"Konrad Koch" also stars Burghart Klaussner ("The White Ribbon") and Justus von Dohnanyi ("Men in the City"). Anatol Nitschke of Berlin-based deutschfilm is producing together with Raoul Reinert of Cuckoo Clock Entertainment and Senator Film's Helge Sasse.

Senator plans to release "Konrad Koch" in Germany next year.