Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten and Anthony Hopkins star in “Kidnapping Mr. Heineken”, an international crime thriller directed by Daniel Alfredson (“The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”). Netherlands actor Mark van Eeuwen and Australian newcomer Tom Cocquerel also star.
“Kidnapping Mr. Heineken” was filmed in Brussels and Antwerp, Belgium, in Amsterdam and New Orleans.
The film tells the story of what has been called “the most notorious kidnapping of the 20st Century,” which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual at that time. Freddy Heineken (played by Hopkins) and his chauffeur, Ab Doderer, were kidnapped in 1983 and released on a ransom of 35 million Dutch guldens (the equivalent of about 50 million dollars today.)
Sturgess, Worthington, Kwanten, van Eeuwen and Cocquerel portray the kidnappers.
The screenplay by UK-based screenwriter William Brookfield (“Rough Magic”) is based on Emmy Award-winning Netherlands crime journalist Peter R. de Vries’s bestselling book, which details the kidnapping of brewery magnate Alfred “Freddy” Heineken and has been on top of the Netherlands bestsellers list for more than two decades.
The film is produced by Informant Media partners Judy Cairo and Michael A. Simpson, and Howard Meltzer under the Informant Europe banner for the award-winning Los Angeles-based film finance and production company. Informant partner Eric Brenner is executive producer.
US-based Alchemy acquired all US rights to the film for theatrical and VOD release in March 2015. Embankment Films handles international sales.
John Papsidera is the film’s casting director and is a co-producer. Guirec van Slingelandt co-produces for Netherlands-based European Film Company.
Finance for the film is provided by Informant Media, Global Film Partners, Three Point Capital and the National Bank of Canada.
Executive producers include Sandra Siegal, Darrel Casalino, Sam Solakyan and Grant Guthrie.