German director Nikolai Müllerschön, whose work over the past 20 years has been primarily for television, is making his English-language debut with an epic biopic, The Red Baron. (I'm going to assume you can figure out who it's about -- and no, it's not Snoopy. Sadly.) The film is being funded entirely by private sources and local subsidies to the tune of about $22 million, and will focus on Manfred von Richthofen's (that's the Red Baron's real name -- you can understand why they gave him a nickname) flying career during World War I, rather than his entire life. Starring Matthias Schweighöfer as the Baron and Til Schweiger (who I'm sure you remember from Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo) as his bestest bud, the movie took on an international flavor with the recent addition of the lovely Lena Headey (a casting movie that makes at least twopeople happy) as the love interest, and Joseph Fiennes as Roy Brown, the Canadian pilot credited with shooting the German legend down in 1918.

Described by a producer as "more of a modern take on the legend of the Red Baron than a straight historical pic," the movie is currently shooting in Prague.
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