When Robert Harris’s Munich came out in 2017, it quickly became a bestselling novel around the globe. When news that Netflix will be adapting it for the big screen broke out, people couldn’t help but wonder who would portray the unbearable German dictator Adolf Hitler. It soon became known that Martin Wuttke, who played Adolf in Inglorious Basterds, will reprise his role, and shortly after, Watchmen’s actor Jeremy Irons joined the cast to headline the movie.
Jeremy Irons as Neville Chamberlain in Munich
The film will be set in the fall of 1938, and it will follow the deciding moment in history when Europe is right on the brink of war. Adolf Hitler is advancing his preparation to invade Czechoslovakia, and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain is desperately trying to find a peaceful resolution. He sends Hugh Legat, a British civil servant, and Paul von Hartmann, a German diplomat, to Munich for an emergency conference to negotiate peace.
As they begin to negotiate with the Nazis, the two men find themselves in the middle of a scheme, a well thought out political subterfuge with an imminent threat over their lives.
Netflix to Release the Film in 2021
Munich is currently being filmed in Germany with plans to shoot some scenes in the U.K. later on. This means that we’ll have to wait till next year until the film becomes available on Netflix. In terms of casting Jeremy Irons as Chamberlain, the author of the book himself, Robert Harris, expressed his gratitude. He said that it’s great to see an actor of Jeremy’s stature playing Neville because the idea is to show the former British Prime Minister in a “more sympathetic light.” Viewers will hopefully get to see a more relatable character and maybe try to understand what possibly went through Chamberlain’s head during that period of time.
Jeremy Irons won his best actor Oscar in 1990 for Reversal of Fortune. Will he get another one for Munich? Only one way to find out!