Germany bans Tom Cruise

June 26, 2007

clipped from film.guardian.co.uk

Germany bans Cruise film

Tom Cruise makes a speech at a Scientology church in Madrid
Germany has barred the makers of a movie about a plot to kill Adolf Hitler from filming at German military site because its star Tom Cruise is a Scientologist, the defence ministry has said.
Cruise, one of the film’s producers, is a well known member of the Church of Scientology, which the German government does not recognise as a church and says is against the country’s constitution. Berlin says it masquerades as a religion to make money, a charge Scientologist leaders reject.

The US actor has been cast as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, leader of the unsuccessful attempt to assassinate the Nazi dictator in July 1944 with a bomb hidden in a briefcase.

Stauffenberg had been opposed to the Nazis’ treatment of the Jews and planted a briefcase bomb under a table near Hitler in his “Wolf’s Lair” headquarters on July 20 1944. The bomb went off but failed to kill the Führer.

It will co-star Kenneth Branagh and is to be called Valkyrie after Operation Valkyrie
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