Rosamund Pike, Daniel Bruhl in Talks to Star in Palestinian Terror Drama 'Entebbe' (Exclusive)

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Daniel Bruhl, Rosamund Pike

Written by Gregory Burke, the story is based on the true events surrounding Operation Entebbe and the hijacking of an Air France plane in 1976.

Rosamund Pike and Daniel Bruhl are in negotiations to star in Working Title's Palestinian terror drama Entebbe.

Written by Gregory Burke, the story is based on the true events surrounding Operation Entebbe -- also known as Operation Thunderbolt -- and the hijacking of an airplane headed for Paris by Palestinian terrorists in 1976. That summer, an Air France plane with 248 passengers was hijacked by two members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and two members of the German Revolutionary Cells.

Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds) and Pike (a best actress nominee for Gone Girl) will portray the two German hijackers.

Jose Padilha, who directed RoboCop and is an executive producer on the hit Netflix series Narcos, is helming.

The film's title comes from the hostage-rescue mission carried out by commandos of the Israel Defense Forces at Entebbe Airport in Uganda.

It's a potentially hot-button film given that terrorism  particularly in France  has been dominating the headlines of late. But it's a more nuanced tale considering that the terrorists hailed from both the Middle East and Germany, while the hostages were largely Israelis.

Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing alongside Kate Solomon. Liza Chasin is executive producing. Participant Media (Spotlight) is producing and is in negotiations to fully finance.

With the two leads in place, Entebbe is heading toward an October start date in the U.K.

Bruhl, who most recently co-starred in Captain America: Civil War, has two other films on the horizon: The Zookeeper's Wife, opposite Jessica Chastain, and the J.J. Abrams-produced sci-fi pic God Particle. He is repped by WME and Tavistock Wood.

Pike is currently filming Scott Cooper's Hostiles. The British actress has two films in post-production: the interracial love story A United Kingdom and the World War II-set thriller HHhH. She is repped by CAA.