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Terrence Malick to direct film about Austrian Franz Jagerstatter

TERRENCE Malick is set to direct a new film about Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian conscientious objector who refused conscription in Wehrmacht and was killed at age 36 by the Nazis.

According to The Film Stage, the film will be called Radegund and will feature the German actor August Diehl, best known for Inglourious Basterds and The Counterfeiters.

Jägerstätter was an Austrian farmer who refused to take on combat duties after being conscripted into the Wehrmacht in 1943.

He was immediately arrested and executed by guillotine later in the same year at the age of 36.

A practising Catholic, Jägerstätter was born and is buried in the Austrian village St Radegund, named after the sixth-century German princess and saint.

Shooting on Radegund is due to commence later this year at Studio Babelsberg, in Potsdam.

Having been notorious for taking years between projects such as Badlands and The Thin Red Line, Malick has become more prolific in recent years. He released Knight of Cups earlier this year and has now completed production on his most recent film, the Texas-set Weightless, with Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

The director’s IMAX documentary Voyage of Time is also due in cinemas in October.

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