'Anthropoid' First Look: See Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy in the WWII Thriller (Exclusive)

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Jamie Dornan as Jan Kubiš, a Czech soldier on a mission to assassinate a Nazi general, in Anthropoid.

Jamie Dornan is 50 shades of imperiled in Anthropoid, the upcoming thriller about the World War II mission to assassinate one of Hitler’s top men. Dornan and Cillian Murphy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) play soldiers from the Czech army-in-exile, who are parachuted into Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia for the top-secret mission to kill SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the Third Reich’s third-in-command, after Hitler and Himmler. Check out Yahoo Movies’ exclusive photos from the film, in theaters August 12.

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Jamie Dornan (left) and Cillian Murphy in Anthropoid.

Anthropoid, also starring Czech actress Anna Geislerová, was filmed on location in Prague, where the real Operation Anthropoid took place 72 years ago on May 27, 1942. Director Sean Ellis was inspired to make the film after watching a documentary about the true events and spent more than a decade researching Operation Anthropoid before production began. Star Dornan, on the other hand, didn’t know anything about the assassination until he read the script.

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Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan in Anthropoid.

“The first I learned of Operation Anthropoid is when I read the script, and I was blown away by it,” Dornan said at last year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. “I find fascinating that a story of that magnitude can exist and you not know about it. I thought it’s a very important story to be told and one I wanted to be involved in.”

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Cillian Murphy as Czech war hero Josef Gabčík in Anthropoid.

Prior to its theatrical release from Bleecker Street, Anthropoid will open this year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival on July 1.

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Jamie Dornan in Anthropoid.

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Czech actress Anna Geislerová plays a resistance fighter.

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Director Sean Ellis with Cillian Murphy on set.

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Jamie Dornan and Charlotte Le Bon.

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Jamie Dornan, Toby Jones, and Cillian Murphy.

Photos: James Lisle/Bleecker Street