Branagh joins Cruise for Singer’s Valkyrie

Variety has reported that Kenneth Branagh has signed on for Valkyrie, a WW II thriller from the creative forces behind The Usual Suspects.

Branagh will play a german general that devises the plan to assassinate Hitler, and is also a mentor to Count Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg (played by Tom Cruise).

Valkyrie is a based on actual events.

Bragagh is best known for his film versions of Shakesphere, but also starred in, and directed, the excellent thriller Dead Again.

Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns) will direct a screenplay by his Usual Suspect cohort Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander.

Also in negotiations to join the cast are Bill Nighy and Stephen Fry.