Ireland is doubling for Germany in director Todd Komarnicki's (Sully) upcoming thriller feature God's Spy.
Jonas Dassler (The Golden Glove) will play German pastor and theologian-turned-spy, Dietrich Bonhoeﬀer, in the film based on true events.
Set during the time of the Third Reich, the film examines Bonhoeffer’s determination to live his life with uncompromising political and spiritual courage, while speaking truth to power, in his attempt to save countless Jewish lives. Bonhoeﬀer was among only a few clergy who were early to recognise the danger of Hitler’s anti-Semitic rhetoric, and while the German church acquiesced to Hitler, Bonhoeﬀer took him on. First, from the pulpit — and then from the front lines. In so doing, he may have lost the battle for his life, but he won the victory that light always wins over darkness.
According to local publication Tipperary Live, locations throughout Limerick, Clare and Tipperary will be transformed into 1940’s Berlin in January, for the film set during World War II. O’Brien’s Bridge and the Shannon River will double as the Danube River while filming is also taking place at Swiss Cottage, and the Georgian Streets in Limerick city will stand in for 1940’s London; other locations include Fanore beach and Kinturk in county Clare, the outlet reports.
Komarnicki also produces the pic. Executive producers are: Mark O’Sullivan (Mystics) and Richard Caleel from Ireland’s In Plain Sight Group, Viv De Courcy (Dare to Be Wild) from Irish production company Crow’s Nest Productions, and Sarada McDermott (Bridgerton). Jean Jacques Neira (Sleepless Night), Christophe Mazodier (Two Days in New York) and Valerie Lardino are co-producing for the Belgian production company, Fontana.