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Daniel Bruhl to star in and produce All Quiet on The Western Front adaptation

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DANIEL Bruhl is to star in and produce a fresh cinematic take on classic World War I film All Quiet On The Western Front.

Based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, the film has previously been adapted into the 1930 best picture Oscar winner by Lewis Milestone.

The updated version, from Bruhl, will be filmed in its original German language.

BAFTA winner and Emmy nominee Edward Berger (Patrick Melrose, Jack, Deutschland ’83) is to direct the feature, which boasts a reported budget of $20 million.

Casting is underway for the lead role of Paul Baumer, with Bruhl attached for the ensemble cast.

The story follows Baumer and his friends, Albert and Muller, as they voluntarily enlist in the German army, spurred on by dreams of heroism.

At first filled with patriotic fervour, the boys enthusiastically march into a war they believe in. But once on the Western Front, they discover the soul-destroying horror of World War I.

Baumer’s preconceptions about the enemy and the rights and wrongs of the conflict crumble. On the countdown to Armistice, Paul must carry on fighting until the end, with no purpose other than to satisfy the top brass’ desire to end the war on a German offensive.

His fight is a harrowing account of the futility and irony of war which has been described by many critics as “the definitive exposé of war”.

Berger, who first came to prominence with the Berlinale bowing Jack, and most recently directed All My Loving, which screened in Berlin in 2019, commented: “All Quiet on The Western Front may be set in 1918, but it speaks directly to our times and the divisive tone in today’s discourse.

“It is a physical, visceral and very modern film that has never been told from my country’s perspective, it has never been made into a German-language film. We now have the chance to make an anti-war film that will truly touch our audience.”

Producer Malte Grunert (Aftermath, A Most Wanted Man) added: “All Quiet on The Western Front to this day is indeed the definitive novel about war and the utter senselessness of it. War knows no heroes. One hundred years after its publication, All Quiet on The Western Front has retained all its impact and power.

“In the hands of Edward, it will be a very meaningful and contemporary take on the story, a powerful film and an impressive cinematic experience. I am really excited and looking forward to spending all of my energy making this now.”

Bruhl’s acting credits include playing Niki Lauda in Formula One drama Rush and Baron Zemo in Captain America: Civil War.