Margot Robbie and Matthias Schoenaerts have each signed on to star in the World War II thriller Ruin from Assassin’s Creed director Justin Kurzel. The project will come from MadRiver Pictures, with a script that topped the most recent Hollywood Black List from brothers Ryan and Matthew Firpo.
The film is set in the ruins of WWII Germany and will follow a Holocaust survivor (Robbie) who is forced to make an unlikely alliance with an ex-SS captain (Schoenaerts) in her quest to exact revenge. Together, they plan to hunt down the surviving members of the captain’s former Nazi death squad.
Gal Gadot had originally signed on to play the lead role, before having to drop out. The Firpo brothers may not be particularly well known right now, but they’re an up and coming writing duo that have some big projects lined up. Their second feature Mimi From Rio is currently set up at Netflix and has Ridley Scott producing, while Marvel has hired them to pen a script based on the Eternals comic books.
Scripts that had topped the annual Black List have an up-and-down track record of actually turning into great films, but hopefully Ruin can prove to be one of the good ones. While the director of Assassin’s Creed might seem like a strange choice to helm a WWII drama, Kurzel has also directed the bleak-but-impressive Snowtown, as well as the most recent adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s Macbeth.
Principal photography on Ruin is set to begin sometime in the second quarter of 2019 in Prague.