we are closer to confirming that Michael will indeed
play Bishop Joseph Fliesen in the upcoming WW II drama
RADEGUND, directed by Terrence Malick. In the
photo below I presume he's posing with his costume
designers. His expression is so saintly!
It's not the first time Michael has
donned clerical robes. In the avant-garde film "The
Girl from Nagasaki" (2013) by Swiss photographer
Michael Comte, he played Father Lars.
Cameras began rolling yesterday on Michael's next film
project - the submarine thriller KURSK. The film
is inspired by the unforgettable true story of the K-141
KURSK, a Russian flagship nuclear-powered submarine that
sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea in August 2000. As
23 sailors fought for survival aboard the disabled sub,
their families desperately battled bureaucratic
obstacles and impossible odds to find answers and save
The start of production has been delayed for months. The
shoot was originally scheduled to begin in Russia last
fall but the country's defense ministry failed to review
permit requests in time. Filming will now take
place in Belgium, Norway and France. Michael is
presently in Paris.
The screenplay, written by Robert Rodat, is based on
Robert Moore's novel, "A Time to Die: The Untold Story
of the Kursk Tragedy". The film's director is Thomas
Vinterberg. The cast is headed by Matthias
Schoenaerts, Colin Firth, Léa Seydoux, Peter Simonischek,
Max Von Sydow and Michael. As of today, Michael's role
has not been defined, but Schoenaerts will play Russian
Navy captain-lieutenant Mikhail Kalekov with Seydoux as
his wife Tanya and Firth will play David Russell, a
British naval commander.