Cinderella‘s Lily James and Oscar winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners) will star in The Kaiser’s Last Kiss set up with Egoli Tossell Film and Ostar Enterprises. Five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux is set to make his feature film directorial debut with the drama based on Alan Judd’s novel and adapted for the screen by Simon Burke.
Bill Haber and Phil Geier are attached as executive producers. Lotus Entertainment is handling sales to foreign buyers during the Cannes Film Festival.
“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,” said Egoli Tossell’s Judy Tossell.
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.
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