Film House Germany’s Egoli Tossell Film has tapped David Leveaux to direct The Kaiser’s Last Kiss, which will star Lily James (Cinderella) and Academy Award-winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners, The Last Station, Remember) as the Kaiser. 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 will introduce the project to foreign buyers starting at Cannes.
In The Kaiser’s Last Kiss, notions of duty and love of country are tested against the power of love itself. The 1940 invasion of Holland brings the Nazis face to face with their former monarch, Kaiser Wilhelm, who was exiled to the Netherlands in 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 and a young Jewish Dutch woman with consequences that neither they nor the Kaiser himself could have foreseen. As the Nazis race to identify and eliminate the agent to block the potentially disastrous defection of their former Emperor to England, the threads of history conspire with the recklessness of the heart to dumbfound them.
Egoli Tossell’s Judy Tossell said: “In David Leveaux, our film has found the perfect director to wring every last ounce of drama from this very special script. Audiences will rarely have seen a character quite like the Kaiser, brought to life by one of cinema’s great treasures Christopher Plummer – combined with the sensational Lily James. We look forward to taking this passionate spy thriller to Cannes and beyond.”
Christopher Plummer has enjoyed almost 60 years as one of the theatre’s most respected actors and as a veteran of over 100 motion pictures. Plummer can next be seen in Atom Egoyan’s Remember which is also co-produced by Egoli Tossell, and currently in Dan Fogelman’s Danny Collins.
James recently starred as Cinderella in Disney’s Cinderella, which has grossed over $500 million worldwide; The Weinstein Company / BBC production of “War and Peace”; and Burr Steers’ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which will be released by Screen Gems on February 19, 2016.
Leveaux is best known for his work on Broadway, having been nominated for a Tony Award five times: as Best Director (Play), in 1984 for a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” in 1993 for a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s “Anna Christie,” in 2000 for a revival of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing;” and in 2004 for a revival of Tom Stoppard’s “Jumpers;” and as Best Director (Musical), in 2003 for a revival of “Nine The Musical.”
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