The crime thriller is the first acquisition to be announced by the company formerly known as Millennium Entertainment.

Anthony Hopkins stars in Kidnapping Mr. Heineken, which will open theatrically and on VOD on March 6 and is expected to be the first of several deals with producers Informant Media.

Daniel Alfredson directed the film, which also stars Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten, Mark van Eeuwen, Tom Cocquerel and Jemima West.

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken is based on real events and takes place in the 1980s when a gang abducted the beer magnate, resulting in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual.

William Brookfield adapted the screenplay from the book by Peter R de Vries.

“Judy Cairo and Michael A Simpson have a taste level and track record that exemplify the kind of producers Alchemy is cultivating creative partnerships with,” said Alchemy CEO Bill Lee “In Kidnapping Mr. Heineken they bring us an elevated caper film that’s sure to please a wide audience. This is the first of what we hope to be many successful endeavours.”

“We’re delighted that this compelling true-life tale attracted the talents of such a world-class group of actors, who give remarkable performances,” said Simpson. “And we’re proud to team with Alchemy on Kidnapping Mr. Heineken. We’re excited about the company’s direction under Bill’s leadership, and we look forward to future partnerships.”