The 12th Man filming details announced
Variety recently reported more details on the production of “The 12th Man”. Jonathan is still attached to the film in a supporting role, which is already in production.
Co-produced by Norway’s Motion Blur (co-owned by Zwart), the $6.8 million tells the story of Norwegian war hero Jan Baalsrud, who was one of 12 Norwegian resistance fighters crossing the North Sea on a fishing boat, to blow up the Bardufoss Airport in March 1943, during the Nazi occupation. Their boat is discovered, and the saboteurs blow it up, trying to escape in a smaller boat. But 11 of them are captured, and killed by the enemy; only 25-year-old Baalsrud manages to escape, and after hiding in a snow cave on the fjell for two months, he is able to cross the border to neutral Sweden.
Starring Thomas Gullestad as Baalsrud and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, most of the film will be shot in the Troms region in collaboration with Norwegian regional film center FilmCamp. It will be released in the Scandinavian countries on Nov. 10, 2017, by Nordisk Film Distribution. Denmark’s TrustNordisk handles international sales.
Dutch-born Zwart made has made several films in the US, including such movies as “Karate Kid” (2010), which grossed more than $350 million worldwide. Most recently he signed “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” (2013), and besides his Norwegian feature, he is in pre-production with the Keanu Reeves starrer ”Rally Car.”