EXCLUSIVE: Angel Studios, the studio behind surprise global blockbuster Sound of Freedom, has acquired worldwide rights to Bonhoeffer (fka God’s Spy), a true-life thriller written and directed by Sully scribe Todd Komarnicki. Spotlighting the courage and sacrifice of an extraordinary World War II hero, the film is slated for release in theaters in 2024.
Pic’s subject is Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Jonas Dassler), a pacifist pastor determined to live his life with uncompromising political and spiritual courage while choosing to live in Berlin during the Third Reich. Conspiring to bring an end to the Nazi regime, he fearlessly spoke the truth while facing unyielding oppression and evil. His impact is still felt around the world today.
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Starring alongside Never Look Away‘s Dassler are August Diehl (Inglorious Basterds), Moritz Bleibtreu (Run Lola Run), Nadine Heidenreich (Die Flaschenpost-Insel), David Jonsson (Rye Lane), and Flula Borg (Suicide Squad). Producers included Emmanuel and Camille Kampouris, Komarnicki, Ralph Winter (X-Men), Mark O’Sullivan and Chloe Kassis-Crowe through the Ireland-based Crow’s Nest Productions. Jean Jaques Neira co-produced for Fontana in Belgium.
Komarnicki told Deadline that “encountering Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and being honored with the opportunity to share his thrilling story with the world, has been a singular privilege. Dietrich’s message of peace and courage is as urgent in 2023 as it was in 1945.”
Added Angel Studios President Jordan Harmon, “There has never been a time in history where we needed to be reminded of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer more than today. The Angel Guild has shown, time and again, that true stories of heroism resonate, and remind us of the power of the human spirit.”
View a trailer for Bonhoeffer above.