Good Bye, Lenin! star Daniel Bruehl has been reunited with director Hans Weingartner on his new feature Jan Jule Peter and has joined the cast of actor Charles Dance's directorial debut Ladies In Lavender which is set to roll in September.
Bruehl and Weingartner both came to prominence last year through Weingartner's Das Weisse Rauschen (White Noise), his graduation film from Cologne's Academy for Media Arts (KHM), which received several awards including the Max Ophuels Prize, First Steps Award (Best Direction), German Critics Award (Best Debut), and the German Film Award for Best Lead Actor.
Jan Jule Peter, which is being produced by Weingartner's own Berlin-based production company y3 film Hans Weingartner Filmproduktion as a German-Austrian co-production with coop99 filmproduktion, has Bruehl appearing opposite Julia Jentsch (Getting My Brother Laid) and Stipe Erceg (Yugotrip) as three characters on the fringes of society who are united in their desire to alter the unsatisfactory state of this world.
Shooting with DVC Pro and Mini DV Weingartner will again follow the concept of Das Weisse Rauschen and have the actors improvising their dialogues or co-writing certain scenes on the basis of a detailed treatment penned by Weingartner with Katharina Held.
Bruehl is then set to appear as a young German Wehrmacht officer Obersturmbannfuehrer Stehr in Oliver Hirschbiegel's $15m epic The Downfall - Hitler And The End Of The Third Reich which Constantin Film's Bernd Eichinger will be producing in St. Petersburg and Munich from mid-August to the beginning of November.
Meanwhile, Bruehl's role opposite Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith in Dance's film for Scala Productions will be the 25-year-old German actor's second English-language role after he appeared in Sheri Elwood's Deeply in 1999.