Cruise as German Officer in Valkyrie
The first picture of Tom Cruise as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg in Valkyrie has arrived, and it's looking rather imposing, and I mean that in a good way.
Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is one of the German officers who took part in a plot to try and kill Hitler during World War II. Obviously they failed, but they came very close. Stauffenberg is one of the men at the fore of the plot, as well as one of the chief planners behind it. Not only had they a plan to kill Hitler, but also to replace his Government.
Valkyrie stars some big names, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Eddie Izzard, Patrick Wilson, Stephen Fry, Carice van Houten, to name but a few, and directed by Bryan Singer with Chris McQuarrie writing, it promises to be a powerful and quite intense film.
What I also like is that it is a film that is going to portray the complexities of people in war, it isn't a simple black and white tale of good against bad, but it will show that there were German soldiers who did not believe in Hitler.
In a way it's a more modern and adult view of war, and a much more balanced one, often a view that only comes with time and distance from the event.
I'm not usually one for posting pictures and posters, but this one caught me as soon as I saw it. You can see it in a much bigger size over at Rope of Silicon. Tom Cruise looks like he is a German officer here, not just an actor who is playing a part as we so often see in such mock-up shots.