Film House Germany’s Egoli Tossell Film has tapped Jai Courtney to star opposite Lily James (CINDERELLA, WRATH OF THE TITANS) in THE KAISER’S LAST KISS which will be directed by David Leveaux. The film will also star Academy Award ® winner Christopher Plummer (BEGINNERS, THE LAST STATION, REMEMBER) as the Kaiser. Plummer has enjoyed almost 60 years as one of the theatre’s most respected actors and as a veteran of over 100 motion pictures.
Written by Simon Burke and based on the novel by Alan Judd, THE KAISER’S LAST KISS is an Egoli Tossell Film and Ostar Enterprises production. Judy Tossell and Lou Pitt are producing and Bill Haber and Phil Geier are executive producing. Lotus Entertainment introduced the project to foreign buyers in Cannes.
Jai Courtney has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most highly sought after actors, and currently filming SUICIDE SQUAD for Warner Bros. alongside Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto in which he plays the villain-forced-to-be-hero ‘Boomerang.’ Courtney recently appeared in TERMINATOR GENISYS for Paramount Pictures; DIVERGENT and INSURGENT, for Lionsgate with each grossing just under $300 million worldwide; Russell Crowe’s THE WATER DIVINER for Warner Bros.; Angelina Jolie’s UNBROKEN for Universal Pictures; and A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD for Twentieth Century Fox, which grossed over $300 million worldwide. Courtney is represented by UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment.
THE KAISER’S LAST KISS takes place around the 1940 invasion of Holland which brings the Nazis face to face with their former monarch, Kaiser Wilhelm (Christopher Plummer) – exiled to the Netherlands since 1917. In an effort to thwart the Nazis, the Dutch resistance work covertly with Winston Churchill in inserting an agent into the Kaiser’s household. A lethally dangerous love affair ignites between a German officer (Courtney) and a young Jewish Dutch woman (James) with consequences that neither they nor the Kaiser himself could have foreseen. As the Nazis race to identify and eliminate the agent, the threads of history conspire with the recklessness of the heart to dumbfound them.