EntertainmentA dramatic retelling of history: Russell Crowe leads star-studded 'Nuremberg' cast

A dramatic retelling of history: Russell Crowe leads star-studded 'Nuremberg' cast

Russel Crowe joins the film crew about Nazi criminals.
Russel Crowe joins the film crew about Nazi criminals.
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9:04 PM EST, December 8, 2023

A historical drama focusing on Nazi leaders is under work. The script for this project is written by the screenwriter of the latest installment of the "Scream" series. The cast comprises the veritable crème de la crème of Hollywood. Here's what we know about the "Nuremberg" project.

The film "Nuremberg" is largely based on the 2015 novel "Göring and the Psychiatrist: A Tragic Duel of Minds". The book, penned by American journalist Jack El-Hai, explores the unique relationship between Hermann Göring, one of the key figures of the Third Reich, and his psychiatrist, Douglas M. Kelley.

About the book "Göring and the Psychiatrist"

The official description frames El-Hai's work as an exploration of this exceptional bond. With Hermann Göring, Ross Lovell unpacked a dozen monogrammed suitcases at the American investigative center in Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg. These suitcases housed uniforms, silk underwear, slippers, a hot-water bag, four pairs of glasses, numerous watches, tie clips and cufflinks, valuable cigarette cases, diamond and ruby-encrusted rings, and medals. It was here that the former Reich Marshal met Douglas M. Kelley, a military psychiatrist, who was set on understanding what drove Nazi leaders to criminality.

After having several conversations with Göring, Rudolf Hess, Hans Frank, and other soon-to-be Nuremberg defendants, Kelley came to a startling conclusion. These Nazis were not monsters or products of specific character traits unique to Germans. They were similar to us, and it was only their ascent to power under favorable circumstances that allowed them to carry out the most daring and monstrous actions.

On October 15, 1946, Hermann Göring committed suicide by ingesting cyanide. Precisely the same fate befell Dr. Douglas M. Kelley on New Year's Day, 1958.

Information on the "Nuremberg" Film

James Vanderbilt, the scriptwriter known for "Zodiac", "The Amazing Spider-Man", and the new 2022 and 2023 installments of "Scream", is the director of the film. This is his second venture behind the camera after 2015's "An Inconvenient Truth".

The cast includes Russell Crowe ("A Beautiful Mind", "Gladiator"), soon to be seen in "Kraven the Hunter" alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson, playing the role of Hermann Göring. Rami Malek from the TV series "Mr. Robot" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" will play the part of Kelley. Meanwhile, Michael Shannon ("Knives Out", "Flash") will portray Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, the chief prosecutor at Nuremberg.

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