Production for Netflix’s spy thriller Munich, starring Jeremy Irons, has started. The film is based on Robert Harris’ international bestseller by the same name. The spy novel is set amid the politicking of British prime minister Chamberlain’s last-ditch negotiations with Hitler.
It is Autumn 1938 and Europe stands on the brink of war. Adolf Hitler is preparing to invade Czechoslovakia and Neville Chamberlain’s government desperately seeks a peaceful solution. With the pressure building, Hugh Legat, British civil servant, and Paul von Hartmann, German diplomat, travel to Munich for the emergency conference. As negotiations begin, the two old friends find themselves at the centre of a web of political subterfuge and very real danger. With the whole world watching, can war be averted and, if so, at what cost?
Netflix will release the film in 2021.
Robert Harris said: “It’s great to see an actor of Jeremy Irons’s stature playing Neville Chamberlain. This will be the first time a major movie has gone beyond the cult of Winston Churchill and tried to show Chamberlain in a more sympathetic light.”
Cast and crew
- Jeremy Irons (Neville Chamberlain)
- George McKay (Hugh Legat)
- Jannis Niehwöhner (Paul Hartman)
- Sandra Hüller (Helen Winter)
- Liv Lisa Fries (Lenya)
- August Diehl, (Franz Sauer)
- Erin Doherty (Pamela Legat)
- Martin Wuttke (Adolf Hitler)
- Director: Christian Schwochow (The Crown, Bad Banks)
- Writers: Ben Power (The Lehman Trilogy, The Hollow Crown)
- Producer: Andrew Eaton (The Crown), Turbine Studios